The Child Repair Guide with Dr. Steve Silvestro

The Child Repair Guide with Dr. Steve Silvestro

By Dr. Steve Silvestro

In The Child Repair Guide, pediatrician and dad Dr. Steve Silvestro brings the wisdom and insights of the world's best childhood health and wellness experts directly to parents in one trusted source--to give parents the best tools possible to raise happy, healthy, confident kids.


How To Get Kids To Sleep On Time—At Any Age!

People seem to think that sleep problems are only for babies. The moment you bring your newborn home, people start asking "How much sleep are you getting?"—and the question is more annoying than the lack of sleep! No one asks you that once you have a toddler or your kid's in school—and yet kids at these ages are often just as difficult to get to bed when they're supposed to. Enter: My 6 tips for getting kids to bed on time. This is an episode I've been asked to record for years, and I'm glad to be getting it out to you now—because we all need the sleep! You can share the article & audio version of this episode by sharing this link: A few items mentioned in this episode (purchasing through these links helps support The Child Repair Guide): The Philadelphia Chickens album The Original Tot Clock My somewhat famous & well-loved Cloud Story
22/06/2123m 32s

Your COVID Vaccine PB&J Questions Answered!

As part of the huge response to the last episode (thank you!) in which I broke down the new CDC guidelines on how vaccinated and unvaccinated people can mix, I received dozens of emails and Instgram messages from people asking questions about how the PB&J Method applies to their family's particular situation. Many of those questions had common themes—and I bet those themes are questions you might have, as well. In this episode, I present the latest data to answer those questions & help you navigate this new world where some people (adults!) are vaccinated and others (kids!) are not. You can SHARE the article version of this episode here: You can BUY your own "Love Is Bigger" t-shirt or tote HERE:
20/04/2124m 10s

What happens when parents are vaccinated and kids are not?

Now that the COVID vaccine rollout is well under way around the world—and the light at the end of the tunnel is within grasp!—we're still left with one wrinkle: How to handle gathering with family & friends when some people have gotten the vaccine and some haven't? This is especially important for families, as kids aren't likely to be able to get the vaccine until this fall or even this winter. I break down the CDC's guidelines, PLUS give you a super-simple way you can figure out what's safest for every possible situation: The Peanut Butter & Jelly Method. Hear me out on this—it'll make total sense! You can share this episode as both a podcast and and article by sharing this link: ***And for listeners of the podcast, a special coupon to take 20% off my Mindfulness for Parents Online Course! Use the coupon code PODCAST and sign up at  
29/03/2118m 0s

Listener Favorite - The One Mistake Every Parent Makes (Including Me!)

I can't believe it, but The Child Repair Guide is celebrating a HUGE milestone! And to celebrate, I've dug deep into the archives to share a topic that I know impacts almost every family. I've said before that my job as a pediatrician & host of this podcast is to not just make all the parenting missteps myself, but to research the solutions & share what I find with you. Well, this one is a prime example! If this episode strikes a chord with you, take a screenshot of your podcast player as you listen, post it to your Instagram story & tag me @zendocsteve! You can share this episode by sharing the link Hey, I designed a t-shirt! Get your 'Love Is Bigger' t-shirt right here!
01/03/2120m 52s

Do Schools Spread COVID? Here's What We Currently Know

With many areas approaching the dates and metrics they've set for reopening school—or back at school already—the question of schools' role in COVID spread has weighed heavily on many parents' minds. Well, it turns out that 50% of kids in the U.S. have been at school in-person, in one form or another, since the fall—and the data is in. I take a look at what we currently know, trying to tackle what has become an emotional topic for many, and shed some light on what we know works—and exactly what doesn't. You can share this episode as both a podcast AND an article by sharing this link: Find me on Instagram @zendocsteve and on YouTube at
10/02/2123m 18s

How Parents Can Better Manage Stress & Recover from Trauma - with Dr. Elizabeth Stanley

It goes without saying that the ability to manage stress and recover from trauma would certainly come in handy these days.   For parents, these skills of mental resilience are important even in “normal times,” as our kids learn how to handle challenges and stress by watching what we do in front of them. And yet the very act of being a parent—dealing with tantrums, poor sleep, questions about behavior and big decisions to make—is stressful in and of itself.   How can parents learn to manage stress in a healthy way that’s also good for their kids?   My guest in this episode has an answer. Elizabeth Stanley, PhD is Associate Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University, a military veteran, author, and the creator of Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training.   And in her most recent book, Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma, Dr. Stanley outlines a powerful approach to help you cope with stress, become less driven by compulsions and emotions, recover from trauma, and enhance your resilience so you can live a truly whole life once more. This is so useful for all of us as parents—especially right now—and arming our kids with these skills would be like giving them superpowers.   You can learn more about Dr. Stanley & her Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training—and see if you can take it for free—by visiting
18/01/211h 9m

What Should Your Family's 2021 Priorities Be?

We are finally here—the end of 2020 & the start of 2021! But the truth is, we can’t walk into 2021 hoping to reset the clock back to what life was like in 2019. This year changed us—and we need to let its lessons sink in and choose how we want to use them to direct us as we move forward. This episode explores how you can honestly assess what was good and bad, positive and painful for your family this year—and how to sort out new priorities for your family in the year ahead. TAKE $25 OFF the Mindfulness for Parents Online Course with the code NEWYEAR—sign up at and start your year off on the best foot possible! If this episode resonates with you, SHARE it by sharing the link
29/12/2018m 40s

Everything Parents Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

This is a super-special & super-exciting episode! At long last, vaccines against COVID-19 are being rolled out and administered. Parents have been asking me a host of questions, and I'm answering as many as I can right here. This episode goes over everything we currently know about how this vaccine's new approach works, its effectiveness and safety, plus the little we know about it for kids and pregnant or breastfeeding moms. Take a screenshot of your podcast player, post it to Instagram, and tag me @zendocsteve! You can share this episode by sharing the link Start the new year with the right mindset - Register for my Mindfulness for Parents Online Course here!
16/12/2025m 11s

Raising Cross-Cultural Kids: Identity & Resilience - with Dr. Anisha Abraham

Perhaps the greatest challenge we all face as we grow up is finding our identity—figuring out who we are and who we want to become.   It’s no easy task—some of us adults (maybe even most of us?) are still trying to figure this out. But the challenge is even greater for cross-cultural kids & teens. Whether they’ve lived in several cultural environments, have parents whose cultures are different from that of where they live, or have multiple cultural backgrounds in their families—cross-cultural kids & teens have a wealth of ingredients mixed in together to create the recipe of who they are.   Their challenge is to figure out what that recipe becomes—and it’s the challenge of their parents to sort out how and how much to help them along the way. My guest today is Dr. Anisha Abraham. As a physician, educator, and parent, Anisha helps teens to discover their strengths, focus on their wellbeing, and successfully navigate a changing world. In this conversation, we talk about tips from her new book, Raising Global Teens: Parenting in the 21st Century. Get Dr. Abraham's book, Raising Global Teens: Parenting in the 21st Century right here. Share this episode by sharing the link
30/11/2038m 30s

How Should Your Family Handle the COVID Holidays?

This holiday season, everyone is asking the same questions: “Can we find a way to get together with family? What if we all get tested first? Do we risk it?” COVID is destined to throw a massive wrench in what is often a time of gathering together. In this episode, I break down the risks + lay out some points to consider if you aim to make your family events safer. Think of this episode as the “sex ed” of COVID holidays—I’d rather you didn’t do it at all, but since you might anyway, here’s how to potentially lower your risk! You can find the shareable article version of this episode at **This episode is sponsored by happyly. Happyly was created to help every parent feel like a super parent, with inspiration for activities and curated adventures near home or on the go. Take the pressure out of planning family adventures & download the free happyly app today.
10/11/2020m 20s

Parenting Manners During COVID & Beyond - with Sarah Davis & Evie Granville

It goes without saying that COVID has turned everything we know on its head. This is equally true for almost all things parenting. Things we used to take for granted—like scheduling a playdate in a park or seeing family—now take on extra layers of awkwardness and caution. Is the other family on the same page precaution-wise as you? How to handle the requests from Grandma to come visit when you know Grandma thinks differently about what is & isn't safe? Sarah Davis & Evie Granville are here with tips for handling all the awkward & uncomfortable situations of our brand new world. Their new book, Modern Manners for Moms & Dads: Practical Parenting Solutions for Sticky Social Situations, is packed with useful insights into modern parenting etiquette—and in this super-entertaining episode, they apply their approach to answer the questions we've all been asking. Find all the shownotes for this episode here. And get a copy of Evie & Sarah's book here. **This episode is sponsored by happyly. Happyly was created to help every parent feel like a super parent, with inspiration for activities and curated adventures near home or on the go. Take the pressure out of planning family adventures & download the free happyly app today.
26/10/201h 0m

Sugarproof Your Kids - with Dr. Michael Goran & Dr. Emily Ventura

Hey, we’re all trying to do our best when feeding our kids healthy food. And what might be your best effort right now may not be your best effort at some other time, or the same as someone else’s best effort—and that’s okay. But what isn’t fair is when the cards are stacked against you—when things that have been marketed to us as “food” are really causing harm to us and to our kids. The biggest, most prolific culprit? Sugar. It’s everywhere—but it’s not just in the places you’d expect. In the last several decades, sugar has silently found its way into so many foods we eat, many of which would surprise you. In fact, I recently shared a video on Instagram highlighting a fruit and chia cup that had 14 grams of sugar ADDED to the natural sugar already in the fruit. Nowadays, sugar is added to yogurt, tomato sauce, even the bread you use to make your kids’ sandwiches. And this invasion of sugar into everything we eat isn’t without consequence. We see its effects in everything from the obesity epidemic to kids’ mood, behavior, and brain function. We’re even seeing problems like fatty liver disease pop up in children. But there is hope. In their new book, Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar That Are Putting Your Child’s Health at Risk and What You Can Do, Dr. Michael Goran and Dr. Emily Ventura paint not only the intimidating sugar-laden landscape of modern American diets, but also simple steps you can put into action with your family right now. In this enlightening conversation, Drs. Goran and Ventura show you how to “Sugarproof” your kids.   **This episode is sponsored by happyly. Happyly was created to help every parent feel like a super parent, with inspiration for activities and curated adventures near home or on the go. Take the pressure out of planning family adventures & download the free happyly app today. **Get your own "Happy Little Trees" Broccoli t-shirt here -- available in adult, kids, and baby sizes!
12/10/2059m 44s

Developing Healthy Eating Habits at Any Age - with's Jennifer Anderson

When a pediatric dietician has over 1 Million followers on Instagram, you know she's got amazing tips. Jennifer Anderson is the brilliant mind behind, the wildly successful Instagram through which she helps families around the world develop healthy eating habits in their kids without battles. And as you'll see in this interview, she's the real deal. We cover everything from picky eating and "one-bite rules," to kids who won’t sit still for a meal, snacking tips and concerns, how to get them to eat a variety, and how to talk about nutrition in a way that doesn’t develop problems later. This episode is packed with useful tips & insights, and I'm so excited to share it with you! **This episode is sponsored by happyly. Happyly was created to help every parent feel like a super parent, with inspiration for activities and curated adventures near home or on the go. Take the pressure out of planning family adventures & download the free happyly app today. **Get your own "Happy Little Trees" Broccoli t-shirt here -- available in adult, kids, and baby sizes!
28/09/201h 11m

These Are the COVID Stats to Use to "Open Up" Your Family

We’re about nine months into this pandemic—do you feel like you have a handle on how to tell if it’s getting better or worse? Do you have a sense of how to know when it’s OK for your family to “open up“ and start doing some things you’ve been holding back on? If your answer either of those questions is “no,” you’re not alone. Absolutely. Not. Alone. A huge part of the problem for the average person trying to tease out useful information is that it’s challenging to figure out exactly what information is indeed useful. There are a dozen different types of statistics discussed in the news or online dashboards, let alone different ways to measure them and different ways the numbers are spun depending on who’s doing the talking. So in this episode, I’m here to simplify this for you. If you find this episode helpful, take a screenshot of your podcast player as you listen, post it to your Instagram Story, and TAG ME @zendocsteve. You can find the shareable article version of this episode at
14/09/2021m 2s

How to Help Kids Develop Social Skills at Home - with Monica Silvestro

One of the biggest questions I’ve been asked lately is how to help young kids develop social skills—whether it’s because their preschools are currently closed, or their parents just want to make sure their kids thrive. It's a valid concern—but also one that you can learn to address right at home. I sat down with the wonderful Monica Silvestro—yup, the Monica Silvestro of 10-Minute Preschool fame & my favorite person of all-time—to discuss all her best tips for how parents can help their kids learn necessary social skills at home. See, Monica is an early childhood educator—and a well-loved one at that. She began her career in health communication, developing curricula for kids and teens to best learn about health and nutrition. She then segued into working directly on nutrition counseling, before combining many of her skills to transition into early childhood education. Monica shares some excellent tips that every parent can use at home—no matter the age of your kids. Follow Monica on Instagram @justanotherpreschoolteacher Find me on Instagram @zendocsteve Watch 10-Minute Preschool here. Take my Mindfulness for Parents Online Course at your own pace here.
31/08/2050m 34s

Online Learning Is Inevitable This Fall - Here's Why & What You Need To Do To Prepare

There's been a great debate these past few months about whether and how to send kids back to school. But something's been missing from the conversation—the fact that most kids will experience online learning at some point this fall/winter no matter what, whether for a semester, a month, or just a few weeks. In this episode, I lay out why that's the case—PLUS tips from online learning expert Zoie Hoffman to help you make online learning most effective for your kids. Thanks as always for your support! SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel here. WATCH my 2-minute video on "How To Get Kids To Stop Touching Their Masks" here. GRAB my "Love Is Bigger" T-shirt here. Find more about Zoie Hoffman here. Be Well & Have Fun!
17/08/2024m 32s

Don’t Wish The Days Away—Yes, Even These Ones

If you’ve felt like these past few months have both dragged on and flown past at the same time, you’re not alone. We’re all waiting with bated breath... “I can’t wait until this is over.” But what does it do to us—as individuals? as a society?—when we “can’t wait” for a whole year to go by? What happens to life in the meantime? This episode tackles this question & presents a philosophy I've been trying to live by—and have been trying to instill in my kids—these last several months. __ Share this episode with the link: Check out my 'Love Is Bigger' t-shirt here Sign sup for the Mindfulness for Parents Online Course here and use the code 99OFF for $99 off the regular price.    
03/08/2013m 56s

Working from Home with Kids Around (and Surviving!) - with Dr. Andrea Bonior

We all have multiple roles to play—but none of us expected to have to play them all at the same time, all day long. These last several months, many parents have had to fill the roles of parent, educator, and teleworker with few, if any, clear boundaries between them. The result? The nagging feeling that you're failing at every single one of those jobs. If this sounds like you, you're not alone—and as Dr. Andrea Bonior discusses in this insightful & fun interview, you're not doomed to feel this way forever. In fact, there are clear, simple steps you can take to feel more confident as you juggle all of these responsibilities at once. Dr. Andrea Bonior is a best-selling author, speaker, professor, and licensed clinical psychologist. She's the winner of a 2020 national Excellence in Teaching Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and author of three books—including her latest, Detox Your Thoughts: Quit Negative Self-Talk for Good and Discover The Life You’ve Always Wanted. This is Dr. Bonior's second appearance on The Child Repair Guide and I walk away with a plan to put into action every time I talk to her. If you've struggled to feel successful at all the roles you play these last few months (and haven't we all!), you need to hear this conversation. You can share this episode on social media by sharing the link Limited Time: Take $99 off my Mindfulness for Parents Online Course by using the coupon code 99OFF - register at
20/07/2058m 51s

Is Daycare Safe During COVID-19?

The most common answer pediatricians have been asked by parents of young kids is: "Is it safe to send my child to daycare right now?" The best, most honest answer we currently have? Probably. Maybe. We think. In this episode, I outline everything we currently know so you can make the best decision for your family. *You can share this episode by sharing the link: *Find all '10-Miute Preschool' videos PLUS  my video explaining PPE to kids at *And the coupon to get the $149 Mindfulness for Parents Online Course for only $20 expires July 31st. Use the code TWENTY20 and sign up here:
07/07/2022m 55s

The Tool That's Keeping My Family Positive

We're halfway into 2020 & it's clear that we could all use a glimmer of hope right now. This is a tool that I've mentioned before, but that has taken on even more importance for my family right now. My hope is that it can help yours, too. You can find the article version of this episode at I've also extended the discount for my Mindfulness for Parents Online Course through July -- take the $149 course for only $20 by using the code 'TWENTY20'. Learn more here.
18/06/2015m 39s

We Get To Carry Each Other

Like much of the country, I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality and bigotry of late, trying to put so many feelings into coherent thoughts. And as I do, the memory of one impactful experience from when I was 19 keeps coming back to me... You can find the article version of this episode at The moral arc of the universe bends toward justice—but we have to be the ones who bend it.
12/06/2012m 55s

Decoding Boys - with Dr. Cara Natterson

The task of parenting a modern day boy is daunting. It's as if teenage boys and those who raise them are in an Indiana Jones movie, dodging blades and poisonous darts flying past them at every turn. And the snake-filled pit, of course, is the constant barrage of headlines showing masculinity gone wrong. So how do we crack the code of raising boys—and do so right at a time when they typically start growing quiet? That’s the focus of Decoding Boys: The New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons—the newest book from Cara Natterson, MD. You might remember Dr. Natterson from our episode together on “How to Talk to Kids about Puberty” (and if you haven’t listened to that, you should—it’s a fan-favorite!). Dr. Natterson is a superstar pediatrician who wears many hats, but its her work as caretaker of the modern iteration of The Care and Keeping of You and her book Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys—that makes her the go-to expert on helping families ride the ups and downs of puberty. In our conversation, she lays out the secrets you can use to crack the code of raising sons.
14/05/2058m 58s

Helping Kids Cope in Difficult Times - with Robin Brannan

"Fear and what you do with it are two separate things." I love this quote from Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, especially right now.  What we and our kids do with big emotions can have more of an impact on our lives than feeling the emotions themselves.  In this episode, Robin Brannan, founder of Better Together Family Therapy, shares tips to help kids cope in difficult times. You just might find that many of these tips helpful for yourself, too! And on another note: If you or someone you know has a preschooler, be sure to check out 10-Minute Preschool, a new video series featuring the one and only Monica Silvestro! Monica takes the magic of her preschool classroom and brings it to your preschooler in fun, educational videos that are 10 minutes or less.  Check them all out here, with more to come:
01/05/2052m 49s

Update from the Front Lines of COVID-19 - with ER Physician Michael Daignault

When I last spoke with Dr. Michael Daignault 6 weeks ago, the COVID-19 storm was approaching. Now that we're in the thick of it, he and I catch up to discuss what it's been like on the front lines in the Emergency Department. We also dispel some rumors you may have heard about treatment & prevention, discuss what's necessary to "open the country," and silver linings in this new normal. Find video of our conversation at You can help! Go to and learn how to sponsor meals delivered from your local restaurants to your community hospital.
18/04/2059m 6s

Home Teaching & Helping Kids Thrive During COVID-19 - with Dr. Anisha Abraham

We're in a new normal—and with no clear end in sight. And as frustrating or anxiety-provoking as it may be, there is one indisputable fact about our current situation: We and our children will grow as people because of it. So how do we ensure that growth and development are the best they can be? How do we help our kids thrive during COVID-19? Having lived in Hong Kong and currently living in the Netherlands, Dr. Anisha Abraham has seen friends and coworkers manage parenting in a pandemic for months now—and she shares the lessons they've learned in our conversation on The Child Repair Guide Podcast. Dr. Anisha Abraham is a pediatrician and teen health specialist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and on faculty at both the University of Amsterdam and Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.  She works with teens, parents, and educators globally, using her 25 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, speaker, and health educator. Her book Raising Global Teens: Parenting in the 21st Century will be released this autumn in local bookstores and on Amazon. Listen as we discuss everything from home learning to how to help kids thrive in the midst of social distancing and pandemic.
30/03/2047m 27s

Tips for Kids' & Teens' Mental Health During Coronavirus

So I’m the pediatrician who wrote that viral article discouraging playdates during the coronavirus pandemic. And while I’m glad the message got out—over 2 million people read that article—it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write. Why? Because even though I know that such extreme social distancing is absolutely necessary to slow the spread of this sneaky virus, I also know that isolating ourselves from each other can have a massive toll on mental health. And I’ve seen that toll already. As I write this now, schools in my area have been closed for only a week, and yet my pediatric office has been flooded with calls from parents worried that their kids are becoming depressed. The risk for anxiety and depression amongst our kids and teens—and amongst ourselves—is real, and that risk will be compounded as the need for physical distancing inevitably stretches to several weeks more. So these are my recommendations for parents to help bolster the mental health of their kids and teens in the midst of this pandemic. You may find them helpful for yourself, as well.
23/03/2013m 50s

SPECIAL - Coronavirus and Your Family: What Parents Need to Know - with Dr. Michael Daignault

There's a flood of information about the COVID-19 coronavirus out there, and it can be challenging to tease out what it really means for you and your kids. In this episode, I talk with Dr. Michael Daignault—an emergency medicine physician with a global health background who's been on top of providing info & guidance on coronavirus these last several weeks—and we break down everything parents need to know about the coronavirus outbreak. We cover: What coronavirus is & why COVID-19 is such a big deal What's making this spread more than SARS & MERS Symptoms of coronavirus in your family What makes COVID-19 so deadly The current situation with children and coronavirus Recommendations to keep your family healthy  The right way to wash hands Thoughts on your family's travel plans -- keep or cancel? Likely, best-, and worse-case scenarios of the coronavirus outbreak How should you prepare for coronavirus? Surgical masks vs. N95 masks -- whether they work & who should wear them Will disinfectants work against COVID-19? Current progress on treatments & vaccines for coronavirus SHARE this episode by sharing the link WATCH video of our conversation at FOLLOW Dr. Michael Daignault on Instagram at @drdaignault FOLLOW me on Instagram at @zendocsteve
04/03/2046m 18s

Saving Your Child from Ostrich Attacks & Finding the Humor in Parenting - with James Breakwell

Comedian Ray Romano once noted that "having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up."   As just about everyone listening to this right now knows, being a parent is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. Sure, it’s also the most wonderful, joyous, meaningful thing you’ll ever do—but it’s no cakewalk.   That’s why it really is so important to be able to look at the craziness of raising kids—yes, including the vomit everywhere—and somehow find the humor in it all.   That’s the superpower of my guest today, James Breakwell. James is a professional comedy writer and self-described “amateur parent” of four girls, aged 8 and under. His parenting humor twitter account @XplodingUnicorn boasts over 1 million followers. Because of the way the social media world works, you may or may not recognize that account name, but I guarantee you’ve seen his writings if you’re on social media.   James’s online writing, most commonly taking the form of conversations between himself and one of his kids, deftly brings to life the innocence and absurdity of living in a house with tiny people whose understanding of the world is tenuous at best. But he does it in a way that I really appreciate and that makes him stand out from so many other parenting humorists—by respecting and marveling at his kids along the way.   He is the author of three books, including Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not Quite Ruining Your Child, and his newest book—How to Save Your Child from Ostrich Attacks, Accidental Time Travel, and Anything Else that Might Happen on an Average Tuesday.   This was a conversation that I really think you’re going to enjoy. If you do, and you want to share this episode by sharing the link , neither James nor I will be offended!
19/02/2044m 40s

Handling the Stomach Flu in Kids - Everything Parents Need to Know

Yuck. Vomiting and diarrhea. Blech! As much as you might hate it, you're likely going to deal with the stomach bug many times once you have kids.  I've fully revamped and updated all my tips and insights for you, including: When to call the doctor right away When to call during business hours How to tell the difference between spit-up and vomiting, diarrhea and normal baby poop How to tell if your child is dehydrated What's actually going on when your child has a stomach virus How to help your child when she's vomiting What to do for diarrhea Foods & drinks to avoid Why you should expect that your child might vomit again 2 days after he seemingly stopped, plus why constipation comes after diarrhea Whether or not probiotics will help with a stomach virus The one tip that might keep you from getting sick, too! This is EVERYTHING I tell my patients' parents when their kids have a stomach virus -- and more!  You can view (and SHARE!) this episode as an ARTICLE by sharing the link
03/02/2031m 58s

Inspiring Kids to Change the World - with Katie Bowers, Managing Director of The Harry Potter Alliance.mp3

I’d say that anyone who’s paid attention to the news in the last few years, has been on social media—or has just conversed with other human beings—has probably gotten the sense now and then that the world seems on edge. Still, many of us parents can get so inspired by our own kids that we get the sense that they’re going to change the world—or at least their own corner of it. And a lot of kids might feel like they want to do exactly that.  But how to start? How to take the desire to do good and turn it into something real, something that can truly help people? That’s the aim of my guest in this episode and the amazing organization she manages. I got to geek out a bit in this conversation because Katie Bowers is the managing director of the Harry Potter Alliance. No, it’s not some sort of group where people talk about how awesome Harry Potter is. No, the HPA takes the passion that fans of Harry Potter and other books and movies have, and helps them turn that passion into action. As Katie says in our conversation: “When people truly become passionate about a book or a character, it’s because they see themselves in that hero.” And the HPA has turned fans’ passion into amazing results. With hundreds of thousands of members spanning 35 countries and six continents, the HPA has helped kids and adults create meaningful change around the world. They’re pretty freaking awesome if you ask me! In our conversation, we talk about: The work of the HPA and how they “turn fans into heroes” Why Harry Potter and other fictional characters inspire fans to make social change How to decide what to do if you know you want to do something, but don’t know what or how The power of “unironic enthusiasm”—the best way to foster your child’s eagerness to help How to help your kids develop leadership qualities needed to bring about change Why it’s okay to be Neville Longbottom instead of Harry or Hermione Specific projects for preschoolers vs. elementary school aged kids vs. high schoolers Tips for when your child’s project fails The importance of building a good team around you How to help kids handle the risks of the spotlight when they stand up for what they believe Why kids might have a better opportunity to build bridges with those with opposing viewpoints than adults How to teach kids to handle tough conversations with friends and loved ones with opposing views And the value of “time, patience, love, and a willingness to keep at it.” Guys, I got fired up by this conversation—it’s a great launchpad for you and your kids to make the world a better place. If you get inspired by this episode, please take a screenshot of your podcast app as you listen, post it to your Instagram Story, and tag me @zendocsteve. You can also share this episode on Facebook and elsewhere by sharing the link
13/01/201h 0m

Parenting Resolutions for the New Year and Beyond

Remember that "always wear sunscreen" song from the late-90s?  Well, here's my version—updated now that we're all parents. After taking care of thousands of kids for over a decade, plus raising two of my own for over twelve years, I’ve come to recognize the value of things that aren’t taught in books. Here is some of my personal advice for a year of love, growth, and happiness for you and your family. Enjoy! 
02/01/2010m 18s

What 'Frozen 2' Taught Me As A Parent

I didn't walk into 'Frozen 2' expecting to be moved as deeply as I was. But an unexpected and brave choice struck a chord with me and, I hope, will have a positive impact on me & my family in the future. This episode is also available as an article at
16/12/1915m 51s

How to Make Homework Time Less of a Struggle - with Zoie Hoffman

When your kids were little, chances are that you’d occasionally face a “witching hour”—usually somewhere between 5 and 7 PM—when everyone was cranky and emotions ran high.   Now your kids are older and what happens smack in the middle of that timeframe? Homework!   Whether kids have specific challenges with learning or are doing just fine in school, it seems that tears and battles over homework are über-prevalent today. I hear it from friends and patients, and have absolutely experienced it in my own home.   Sometimes it’s the volume of work. Other times, it’s hard and your kid swears that you’re helping them wrong (that’s always a fun one…). And sometimes it’s that your child just doesn’t feel like doing it right now—though you know it needs to get done.   Enter: Zoie Hoffman.   Zoie is the founder and lead tutor at Hoffman Tutoring Group, an online tutoring company that serves students in K-8thgrade. Zoie’s passion for personalized learning stems from her own experience struggling with academics in elementary and middle school. She dedicates her time to ensuring students get the education and mindset building they need to meet their academic goals through individualized tutoring sessions with amazing and qualified online tutors.   Zoie knows how to make homework less of a struggle for everyone—and she shares her tips in this episode.   Are kids having a harder time with homework today than in years past? How to help kids organize their approach to assignments Importance of taking breaks—and how long kids can be expected to focus based on their age How to plan for long-term assignments & projects Why you need to teach your kids how to get organized instead of expecting them to just know The best time for your kids to do their homework What to do if your family is too busy to keep up with homework routines Tips for kids with ADHD & other learning challenges How involved should parents be with their kids’ work? Thoughts on the role of homework in today’s education How reading logs can backfire & what to do instead How to handle it when your child says you’re teaching it wrong How to help your child through self-doubt …and much more!’   This might be one of the most useful episodes to date! If there’s a moment that stands out to you as you listen, take a screenshot of your podcast player at that moment, post it on Instagram and tag me @zendocsteve.   To share this episode out with a friend who you think could use help making homework time less of a battle, share the link
02/12/1951m 56s

Redefining Preparation for Childbirth & Beyond - with cofounder of Arrow Birth, Tara Campbell Lussier

"People are not just birthing babies—they’re birthing themselves as parents.” - Tara Campbell Lussier, cofounder of Arrow Birth Getting ready to have a baby is no small feat. We've somehow turned this millennia-old rite of the human experience into work. There are books to read. Conversations to be had. Things to buy. Your body and nutrition to prep. Seemingly huge decisions to make. This beautiful, natural experience can suddenly seem so overwhelming—which is why you want someone who is warm and wise by your side. My guest in this episode is that person. As you’ll hear when we first start talking, I first met Tara Campbell Lussier when my wife and I were looking for a Doula before our daughter was born. Tara, Monica, and I quickly hit it off and we’re so glad that we did. Tara was present for the births of both of my kids and she holds a special place in the heart of our family. But after spending nearly 12 years running a vibrant solo doula practice in northern Virginia, Tara is now the cofounder of Arrow Birth—an online platform that is revolutionizing birth education around the world. I was honored and very happy to have been a part played a part in Arrow's Discover Birth Education Course, and it’s been a thrill to see Tara and the rest of her a wonderful team getting media coverage and winning accolades for the amazing work they’re doing. In This Episode, We Talk About: What a doula can offer Why I wanted to step out of my doctor role for the birth of my children Arrow’s platform bringing all the best experts from all facets of pregnancy, birth, and beyond—and what Tara learned by spending so much time speaking with them A few lessons Tara has learned starting a business as a busy mom The most important ways a mom can prepare herself for childbirth How to prep for post-delivery The biggest unmet needs in postpartum care What we should be saying to & asking of moms in the postpartum period—both to best support them and to better recognize postpartum anxiety & depression What moms actually need from visitors once they’re home with the baby How Tara & Arrow are supporting moms and babies around the world …and much more! Tag me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let me know what you think about my conversation with Tara Campbell Lussier! Important Resources for You to Use: Book Mentioned In This Episode: The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression - by Karen Kleiman, MSW
11/11/191h 0m

How to Lose Your Should, Tame Your Inner Critic, and Enjoy Parenting - with Dr. Alison Escalante

We all have “To Do” lists—sometimes several of them at once.  But do you have a parenting To Do List? And of those list of things to do—whether they’re short-term or long-term—how many of them are things that NEED to get done, versus things you WANT to see happen, versus things you feel like you SHOULD be doing? See, there’s a big difference—and my guest today will argue that all those “shoulds,” all those pressures we guiltily put on ourselves but are neither real needs nor wants, those “shoulds” just might be  Alison Escalante, MD believes our culture of anxiety is stealing parents' joy and telling them they can never do enough or get it right. She is a Pediatrician, TEDx Speaker, Writer and the Creator of the 3S method to help parents raise their kids skillfully AND enjoy doing it.  Dr. Escalante has degrees from Princeton in the history of ideas and Rutgers in medicine, and did her pediatric training at Duke and University of Chicago.  I found our conversation in Episode 101 of The Child Repair Guide to be quite a compelling argument for reassessing the personal and family goals we all set—and I bet you’ll find something in it compelling, too. In our conversation, we talk about: How the United States is tied for #1 in the world when it comes to anxiety—and why anxiety is so natural for parents to feel Dr. Escalante describes the parenting “Should Storm”—and how our “shoulds” impact our kids and keep us from enjoying them as much as we could The problem with “catastophizing”—how the small parenting choices you make AREN’T actually going to mess your kids up for life How studies show that getting it wrong 70% of the time is actually good for your kids Taming your inner critic 3 steps to ending the “Should Storm”—with real-life examples Why so many parents feel the weight of Imposter Syndrome How to prevent your kids from developing Imposter Syndrome, and grow up confident and resilient instead We cover research showing that kids at high-achieving schools are as at-risk for mental and behavioral health problems as kids who suffer from poverty and abuse And how the parenting experts don’t always get things right with their own families all the time (ahem!) While you’re listening, if there’s a moment that really stands out to you, take a screenshot of your podcast player and post it to your Instagram Story and tag me in it—@zendocsteve—and I’ll share it out, too!
28/10/1954m 38s

100th Episode - Lessons Learned for Raising Happy, Healthy, Confident Kids & Big Adventures Ahead!

I can't believe it—100 episodes!  To celebrate this big milestone for The Child Repair Guide, I've dug deep into the archives to pluck out some of the absolute best insights from the pantheon of experts I've had the opportunity to speak with over the last 3 1/2 years. You'll hear from: Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do Psychiatrist Dr. Lindsay Clendaniel Patch Adams Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child Marianne Perez de Fransius, cofounder of Bébé Voyage Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, @theguthealthmd Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run Each shares their 3 best tips for raising happy, healthy, confident kids, and each answer is unique & powerful. Thanks so much for all of the support through this 100-episode journey. Here's to 100 more!
14/10/1927m 32s

The Pressures of Being a "Perfect Mom" & Information Overwhelm - with Dr. Margaret Quinlan

Has this ever happened to you? You’re in the grocery store checkout line, pregnant, and a random stranger decides it’s okay to touch your belly. Or You encounter someone who has absolutely no medical training at all, but who is a self-proclaimed expert in something they passionately argue is crucial to the health of your family, even though doctors think it’s backward. Or No matter what choice you make in caring for yourself or your family, there is always someone in your life who gives you the side eye or makes a comment that leaves you feeling like you’re doing it wrong. Well, you’re not alone. And not only are you not alone right now—you’re experiencing challenges that mothers have faced for 100 years or more. That’s the subject of You’re Doing It Wrong: Mothering, Media, and Medical Expertise, co-authored by Bethany Johnson and my guest in this episode, Dr. Margaret Quinlan. And in our conversation, we covered a range of topics from her book, touching on issues that affect every mom out there, including:  Why the pressure of living up to “good mom” standards is so universal How the source of parenting information has changed over the past 100 years The subtle ways we put pressure on women even before they get pregnant How the words we use to describe issues that arise in pregnancy & delivery can place unnecessary feelings of blame on mothers How pregnancy is a “performance” in today’s society The fact that so much advice and care has long been directed toward white, cis, middle and upper class women throughout history—and how that impacts people who don’t fit those labels The rise of “lay experts,” and how anyone who is confident can present themselves as a self-described expert How to navigate the abundance of lay experts on social media and online What doctors should be doing to better help parents get good information and care Take a listen, then post a screenshot of your podcast player to your Instagram Story & tag me @zendocsteve!
30/09/191h 0m

Why There's No Such Thing As Mindful Parenting | Speaking in Washington, DC Sept 2019

Decided to share one of my speaking engagements with you because -- I hope -- there are some pearls in here that you might find helpful. Last week, I was invited to speak at Dentons in Washington, DC, to talk about "mindfulness for parents" with their Parent Professional Network.  You'll hear:  A powerful story from my pediatric training that shows how mindfulness can help us connect with ourselves in life-changing ways How to bring mindfulness into your family even without formal meditation Why putting our kids first and ourselves last ISN'T always in our kids' best interest Why pediatricians & parents struggle with little old ladies! HOW mindfulness works -- the most important part of the conversation that never gets discussed A full guided imagery exercise Why there's no such thing as "mindful parenting" You can watch the video of this whole episode on my YouTube channel at As always, I appreciate your feedback -- likes, comments & shares!
16/09/1941m 23s

23 Things Your Preschool Teacher Wants You To Know - with Monica Silvestro

I have a SUPER special guest this week—my amazing wife, Monica Silvestro! Monica has built a life around education, health, and personal development—first working in the public health world on programs centered around youth education, then in the field of nutrition, and more recently in early childhood education. Working with 3-year-olds for the last 6 years, Monica has come to recognize many of the obstacles that can keep young kids from having the most successful preschool experience possible—and she shares those insights with you here in this episode. If you have a preschooler—or if you know someone who does—this is a must-hear episode!           
03/09/1922m 12s

How to Teach Kids to Combat Bullying - with Daniel Amaguana

This is an episode I hope every parent hears. Bullying has been a hot topic in the last several years, and for good reason. Up to half of all kids report being bullied by the end of high school. One in three kids admits to bullying someone else(!), and up to 70% of kids report witnessing bullying episodes take place. All of which can have serious lifelong impacts on kids & teens. Who better to tackle this than a 5th-degree black belt with a heart of gold? Daniel Amaguana is becoming known as a premier expert in teaching kids &b teens how to use their voices to stand up for themselves. He's making a critical impact in the world of anti-bullying advocacy, and you can learn his best tips here. This is an episode you'll want to keep coming back to because there are pearls of wisdom right up through to the end! As you listen, I'd love it if you could take a screenshot of your podcast player, share it to your Instagram Story, and tag me @zendocsteve. You can also share this episode with parents & teachers who want to learn more about the best ways to combat bullying by sharing the link
12/08/191h 8m

So Your Kid Wants A YouTube Channel

This is a quick and important point that all parents of today’s kids need to hear and pass on to their children. If your kids have said they want a YouTube channel, you’re not alone—a new survey reports that three times more kids want to be a YouTube star than an astronaut (good news: almost as many kids want to be a teacher).  I’m actually okay with this desire—if it’s for the right reasons. To make sure that’s the case, this is the conversation you need to have with your kids: And because our kids are all of the YouTube generation, you can show them a video of this episode—so they can see it for themselves—on MY YouTube channel, And let me know what you think—leave a comment on the YouTube video or send me a DM on Instagram @zendocsteve
29/07/196m 56s

Pediatrician's Tricks for Swimmer's Ear Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

If you've never had swimmer's ear, let me tell you---IT HURTS. We pediatricians diagnose it in seconds, and now you can learn the simple trick we use and diagnose it at home. This episode is a more in-depth form of a video I’m releasing to Facebook, Instagram’s IGTV, and YouTube later this week. I’m going to be going heavy into video over the next few months, and the content there is likely to be slightly different than what’s coming through here in long form on the podcast. So depending on how you like to consume content, I’ve got every possible outlet for you—you can find me on Facebook at Dr. Steve Silvestro & The Child Repair Guide, Instagram @zendocsteve, and YouTube by searching Dr. Steve Silvestro. For the readers in your life, this episode is also available as an article at   Just trying to hit any which way you need because I’m truly dedicated to sharing everything I know with you so that you can feel more confident in keeping your kids healthy and happy.   So as always, I appreciate your attention and any and all feedback you leave on all of those channels.
15/07/1913m 54s

The Power of Apologizing to Your Kids

I messed up. I made my daughter cry. It wasn't pretty, and I felt awful afterward.  But I've learned in my 11 1/2 years of parenting that owning your mistakes and apologizing to your kids is POWERFUL. In fact, the 3 BIG lessons I discuss in this episode can be used by you and your kids to make each other and your relationships stronger.  If this episode resonates with you, take a screenshot as you listen, post to your Instagram Story, and tag me @zendocsteve! Find the article version of this episode here:
01/07/1915m 55s

Potty Training Tips: Overcome the 6 Most Common Obstacles

Whether you’re on the verge of starting to potty train, in the middle of it, or having no success at all, this is the episode for you. This is a completely revamped update to my 2016 episode, making this the most comprehensive conversation about potty training anywhere. Learn how to introduce potty training in a fun way, plus overcome your child's lack of interest, refusal, constipation, fear, accidents, and bedwetting. Please share this episode if it helps you!
10/06/1928m 46s

The Participation Trophy Problem Isn't What You Think. Here's What Is.

I don't know about you, but my kids' dressers are jam-packed with trophies, medals, and ribbons. And all but two or three are for participation. Every season, the participation trophy stirs up debate. But the debate usually misses the point. Here's how to use the trophy to help your kid develop growth mindset & grit.
30/05/197m 52s

Kids and Technology: Top Expert Tips for Parents - with Marc Groman & Dr. David Reitman

Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, this is an episode you need to hear. I sit down with Marc Groman, former Obama White House tech and privacy advisor, and Dr. David Reitman, adolescent medicine expert -- who together host the podcast Their Own Devices -- to cover everything from screen time and development, behavior, sexting, cyberbullying, kids' online privacy, and more. Everything you need to know to help your kids manage their digital lives in a healthy, safe way. The full transcript of this episode is available at
13/05/1958m 4s

The Measles Outbreak: What Parents Really Need to Know

As you've likely heard, there's a measles outbreak. But if it's only infected a few hundred people, why all the fuss? Is this something you actually need to be concerned about? This episode was inspired by a conversation with a parent who asked me those very questions. Take a few minutes to listen, as I break down everything you need to know about why we care about measles outbreaks—plus what you need to know to keep your family healthy. And spread the word—share this episode as both a podcast & an article via the link
27/04/1919m 38s

Listener Mailbag: What If Your Child Isn't Hungry in the Morning for Breakfast?

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day," right? But what if your child isn't hungry before school? Is that a problem? What's going on & what should you do? In the first "Listener Mailbag" episode of The Child Repair Guide, I answer a listener's question about this very topic. If you'd like to submit a question for me to answer on the podcast, follow me on Instagram @zendocsteve and send me a DM, or leave a voicemail at the number mentioned in this episode!
15/04/1912m 6s

Solving Discipline Problems - with the author of '1-2-3 Magic,' Dr. Thomas Phelan

Kids don't come with an instruction manual (just a "Child Repair Guide!"), and the parenting section in bookstores can be overwhelming. And yet, there are a handful of books that have stood the test of time. 1-2-3 Magic is one of them, having sold nearly 2 million copies over close to 30 years. My guest today is the author of this perennially bestselling discipline guide, Dr. Thomas Phelan. Dr. Phelan has worked with children, adults and families for over 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association. Dr. Phelan is the author of numerous books, DVDs and audios, the most popular being 1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting, which is now in its 6th edition and has sold nearly 2 million copies. He maintains an active schedule of international lectures and his articles appear in many regional and national publications. And in our conversation, Dr. Phelan outlines the 3 simple steps you can use to radically change discipline challenges in your home.
01/04/1952m 18s

Can a Sick Child Fly on an Airplane?

In this episode, I partner up with Bébé Voyage to answer one of the biggest questions I get asked: Can a sick child fly on airplane? In this short, but insightful episode, you'll learn: The 3 questions you need to ask yourself before you fly with a sick child What happens to the ears when you fly—and how that can impact an ear infection Whether an ear infection should make you cancel your flight What to do if your child has a cold before a flight Is flying with a stomach bug worth it? How to handle strep throat, pinkeye, and more on a flight Take a listen & get to your adventure!
11/03/1928m 59s

Constipation in Kids: How to Fix It for Good - with Dr. Sarina Pasricha

I bet you never expected being a parent would mean thinking about your kids' poop as much as you do, huh? And when your child is constipated, it becomes something you think about A LOT. Constipation is frustrating for both kids AND parents, and sometimes it can seem as if there is no fix in sight. My guest today is Dr. Sarina Pasricha, a nationally recognized gastroenterologist whose focus is on constipation, irritable bowel syndrome & gut health. She shares her best tips for how to get things moving!
25/02/1945m 46s

A Psychologist's Tips for Helping Kids with Pain - with Dr. Lindsay Clendaniel

I hurt when my kids hurt. It's heartbreaking as a parent to watch your child be in pain. And if your child has chronic pain, it can take such a toll on your family that you'd do everything possible to help your child feel better This episode is going to give you everything you need to understand--and help--your child with pain. My guest is Lindsay Clendaniel, PhD, a pediatric psychologist and director of Thinking Tree Psychology. Dr. Clendaniel specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with anxiety and health-related adjustment issues. Among other topics, Dr. Clendaniel has particular expertise in pain management, having presented at national conferences on the topic and helped hundreds of families learn to manage chronic pain so that kids and teens can live their best possible lives. If your child has dealt with pain--especially chronic pain--you need to hear this conversation.
11/02/1955m 24s

The Activity Your Family Needs to Start This year: The Jar of Awesome

We'd all love to raise kids who are positive and who can appreciate the good in their lives. In this episode, I describe a simple, fun activity that can help your family do exactly that. This activity has brought so much warmth, joy, and gratitude into my family over the past year, I'm thrilled to share the idea with you. You can share this episode as both a podcast an article by sharing the link Also, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter at to stay on top of exciting announcements that will be coming soon!
28/01/1915m 33s

Why Is Your Baby Gassy? (and How to Help!)

What happened?? Your sweet newborn turned into a gassy, fussy one-month-old who squeals in discomfort every night. This is something so universal, you'll want to share this episode with everyone you know who has a young baby. Take a listen to hear why these gassy changes happen & for tips on how you can help your baby feel better. A video version of this episode is also viewable at
17/01/198m 34s

Helping Kids & Teens Find Direction - with Career Coach Jason Levin

As parents, we can plant the seeds, but our kids have to do the growing themselves. That's a great-sounding quote, but it's not always easy for us parents to swallow. Why? Because we want our kids to succeed, we want the best for them. As a result, it can be so hard to find that balance between a nudge in the right direction and letting them take their own steps, versus leading them hand-in-hand down the path with the idea of protecting them so that they don’t fail…..which, as anyone who’s followed me long enough knows, is a sure way lead to failure in the end. So whether you have young kids or a teen who’s off to college, the question becomes this:How do we help our kids and teens find direction, to find themselves and their own path, without inserting OURselves in the way? How do we nudge our kids in a way that helps them become who they want to be? To get the answer, I turned to career and outplacement coach Jason Levin...and the result is an episode that might help both kids & parents find our own paths
02/01/1959m 22s

Updated Re-Air: Fevers in Children - How to Treat & When to Worry

This is a unique episode because this is the very first time that I’ve ever re-broadcast a previously aired episode—and I’m doing it for a good reason. Fevers tend to stress us all out, making it important for every parent to know when to worry, when not to, how to fix them, what thermometers to get, why fevers get higher at night, and more. In addition to this episode—one of the very first of the podcast—I've now created an article version of this information—updated & with even more useful info added. Check it out at  
17/12/1838m 28s

Helping Your Kids Win at Holiday Behavior

The holiday season is often hyped up to kids as “the most wonderful time of year,” a time that they simply must enjoy. After all, it’s packed with parties, pumpkin pie, candy canes, sleepovers with cousins—and, depending on your family’s traditions, the promise of presents. But sweet treats, packed holiday schedules, and tons of excitement can result in overtired, sugar-crashed, cranky kids more destined for the naughty list than the nice. This short episode features simple tips you can use to help ensure you and your kids can enjoy a smooth, happy holiday season!
03/12/1819m 25s

6 Tips for Staying Zen While Traveling with Kids

I'm sure you've probably already noticed—traveling with kids is a lot different from traveling pre-kids! Whether you're traveling next week for a holiday, headed off to beach, or jetting around the world on an adventure, taking the kids along brings both wonderful joy & new stress. You might remember that back in Episode 08, I interviewed Marianne Perez de Fransius, cofounder of Bébé Voyage, for her great practical tips and secrets for getting the most out of traveling as a family. I'm proud to announce that I've joined the team at Bébé Voyage, both as a Medical Advisor and "Zen Expert," to help families keep healthy & happy in their travels. To help you beat—and prevent—stress on your next trip, here are my 6 Tips for Staying Zen While Traveling with Kids.   Big trip planned? Bébé Voyage Travel Guides provide you with everything you need to travel with your baby, infant or toddler. Their travel guides feature: the best things to see and do with young kids, family-friendly accommodations, what to do if your child gets sick, where to stock up on diapers, formula, etc., how to find a babysitter, key words and phrases, and much more. Use promo code ZENDOC for 10% off your travel guide purchase on the Bébé Voyage website: They currently have guides for:  London Paris Chicago Tokyo and Sydney with more coming soon! Once again, that's promo code ZENDOC for 10% off your travel guide purchase on the Bébé Voyage website:
12/11/1820m 16s

Headaches in Children - with Dr. Huma Sheikh

It’s hard to watch your children when they’re in pain. And what makes headaches in children so heartbreaking to watch as a parent is that if you’ve ever experienced a headache yourself, you know exactly what kind of pain your child is going through. That's why I reached out to Dr. Huma Sheikh to help give you the info you need to know as a parent of a child with headaches. She's the go-to expert on headaches -- and we cover everything you need to know to help your child.
29/10/1838m 37s

Teaching Kids Empathy & Compassion

Some time ago, a friend and I were having a discussion on Instagram about some of the terrible headlines in recent years. We were questioning how the world got to where we are today, and what we could do to raise kids who would grow up to make things better. Our conclusion? We need to teach our children empathy--the ability to see the world through someone else's eyes. The road to making the world a better place for our kids begins by encouraging them to develop these skills.  In this episode, I show you the easiest way to do it. Share this episode as a podcast or an article by sharing the link ***** This episode is sponsored by Wonder Crate, a monthly subscription box for kids ages 7-11 that encourages them to expand what they think is possible for themselves and the impact they can have in the world. Head to and use the code CHILD to get 20% off your subscription. 
15/10/1822m 25s

Talking to Kids about Puberty - with Author of "The Care and Keeping of You," Dr. Cara Natterson

This episode is a MUST-LISTEN for every parent!   “The Talk.”   There are a few big “The Talks” that come up in parenting, and one of the biggest is talking to kids about puberty.     Whether topics like puberty are subjects for dinner table conversation in your family or something that causes awkward hesitation for everyone involved, there are things that you need to know.   My superstar guest—Dr. Cara Natterson—is a pediatrician, consultant, and the author of the New York Times bestselling The Care and Keeping of You book series for girls, and her new book, Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys—making her the go-to expert for talking to kids about growing up and taking care of their bodies.    Learn more about Dr. Natterson, her books, and more at   This episode is sponsored by Wonder Crate, a monthly subscription box for kids ages 7-11 that encourages them to expand what they think is possible for themselves and the impact they can have in the world. Head to and use the code CHILD to get 20% off your subscription. 
01/10/181h 14m

Teaching Internet Safety to Kids & Teens

Your kids and teens are online—and you need to keep them safe & know that they’re making the right choices.    If they can follow the advice in this episode, then you can be assured they will be.    This episode features audio from the first of a new series of videos I’ll be releasing.    I’d be SO grateful if you could share the video on Facebook here to help spread this message! ALSO, subscribe to my YouTube channel here so that you don’t miss any of my new videos as they’re released!
18/09/189m 54s

Post-Pregnancy Fitness - with Elite Athlete and CoFounder of SISSFiT, Lauren Collins

One of my strongest beliefs is this: You have to learn to take care of yourself in order to better care for your kids. Of course, that often seems more easily said than done. Once the baby comes, life is forever changed. Free time seems to disappear. You're tired all the time. And your body is...different. Pregnancy changes your body in ways that can be both beautiful and challenging. Our culture places so much emphasis on "losing the baby weight" -- but what if there could more than that? What if you could be stronger -- both physically AND mentally -- after your baby than you were before? My guest in this episode knows how to get you there. Lauren Collinsis a phenomenal athlete. After an injury sidelined her Olympic bid in track and field, Lauren channeled her athletic prowess into a career in sports modeling. With her sister, Kelly, she cofounded SISSFiT -- a fitness brand that inspires and empowers women around the world to take their fitness into their own hands. And along the way, Lauren became a mom -- experiencing first-hand the challenges that new moms face, and carving out her own amazing path forward. Lauren Collins will get you inspired and strong -- and shares her top tips for moms in this interview.
03/09/1848m 51s

This Story Inspired Me To Be A Better Parent

As a pediatrician and host of a parenting & kids’ health podcast, I come across a lot of parenting stories. Some are cute. Some are funny. Many, especially those I encountered personally when I used to work in a hospital, can be heartbreaking. But few stories have ever stopped me in my tracks, leaving me both stunned and inspired, promising myself to strive to be better tomorrow. Until this one. I have a feeling that this story will inspire you to make tomorrow better. Please SHARE this episode & article by sharing the link PLUS, sign up for my Mindfulness for Parents Online Course, where you can learn everything you need to help you make tomorrow better for your family by learning to care for yourself so you can better care for your kids. Use the code PODCAST for 20% off - register at
27/08/1821m 46s

Sports Nutrition for Kids & Teens - with Dr. Jacqueline Winkelmann

No matter what time of year it is, it’s almost always a sports season for your child. Whether they’re playing multiple sports throughout the year, or one sport all year long, many of today’s kids are full-time athletes. And when you consider that our kids are also constantly growing, changing, and learning, it’s clear that we parents need to make sure that we give them the fuel they need for success. My guest today is on a mission to do exactly that. This episode is a MUST-LISTEN for parents and coaches of young athletes! Get more info at
13/08/181h 6m

Anxiety in Children - A Therapist's Tips for Parents, with Laurie Chaikind McNulty

It can be both hard & heartbreaking to see your child suffer from anxiety -- especially if you don't know how to help. In this episode, Laurie Chaikind McNulty gives you EVERYTHING you need to know to help your child, including: Why kids are dealing with so much anxiety today The root of children's anxiety How to tell the difference between age-appropriate behavior & anxiety-related behavior How to know when your child might need therapy, medication, or a new team Ways that anxiety can present itself in your child--besides "fear" Practical tools you can use at home to help your child with anxiety Separation Anxiety Social Anxiety Phobias Fear of vomiting How to prevent your anxious child from ramping up -- and how to help them wind back down Tips for parents to keep their cool when their child is feeling anxious ...and a whole lot more! Find specific tools, videos, and other resources you can use right now at
30/07/181h 12m

Night Terrors in Children - How to Stop Them

Night terrors certainly live up to their name. They're scary to watch and break parents' hearts. But how do you tell the difference between night terrors and a bad dream?  More importantly, how do you make them stop? This episode is going to show you how to recognize a night terror, how to tell a difference between night terrors and nightmares, why they happen, and how to end them so that you and your child can sleep peacefully once more. * This episode is brought to you by Big Life Journal, an amazing young company that creates products for parents & educators to help kids develop a Growth Mindset. Visit and use code ZENDOCSTEVE to get 10% off our purchase. 
16/07/1820m 16s

Secrets of Resilient Kids - with Dr. Rebecca Resnik

Why is resilience such a big deal right now? I ask myself this question because as much as I want to share this epsiode & its insights with you, I genuinely want to know myself. On The Child Repair Guide, I've covered growth mindset with Alexandra Eidens; I've talked to Amy Morin about mental strength. But why is resilience-- this idea of bouncing back, picking yourself back up after you've failed so you can try again -- why is this a topic that it seems all of us parents want to instill in our children? Maybe it's because our generation of parents, we've been through war, political strife. We've been through recession. We've seen bubbles burst. We know that there is no gold watch when you retire -- if you retire -- and that everybody needs a side gig. Perhaps we know that no matter how many classes and sports and talents we sign our kids up to learn, the skill that's going to help them the most in life is to learn how tobounce back. My guest in this episode is award-winning child psychologist Dr. Rebecca Resnik. In addition to taking care of children and their parents, Dr. Resnik is an accomplished author, a renowned speaker, and extraordinarily active in the world of child psychology. Her goal is to help those whose lives she touches "feeling more hopeful, less stressed, and with a plan in hand for overcoming challenges." In short, she teaches people how to bounce back. This is a great episode chock-full of tips to help you teach your kids to be more resilient. This episode is brought to you by Big Life Journal. Big Life Journal is a parent favorite -- with over 10,000 5-star reviews! -- helping kids create a growth mindset through the original Big Life Journal, and now downloadable activity kits, posters, and more. Head to, use the code ZENDOCSTEVE for 10% off your purchase and help your kids become the amazing people they want to be!
02/07/181h 2m

Raising Boys to Become Good Men - with Andrea Stough and Rick Houston

"I can't believe the news today." If you've found yourself saying that in the past few years, chances are you're responding to an act committed by a man. Sexual assault, gun violence, political atrocities -- all are the result of masculinity gone wrong. And while it's easy to say, "My boy would never...," how can you be sure?  In this stellar conversation, experts Andrea Stough and Rick Houston show you how to raise boys to become GOOD MEN.
19/06/181h 39m

Tips for When Your Kids Are Bored (and Why Boredom Can Be Good!)

"I'm bored" is high on the list of kid phrases that irritate parents.  That's why it's so easy for us to quickly offer a half dozen suggestions in response. But it turns out that letting our kids be bored is actually good for them. As in REALLY good. In this episode, I show you why -- PLUS offer *you* a dozen suggestions to help you let your kids be bored the "right" way so that they can use the experience to foster creativity, leadership, and personal growth.  You'll never hear "I'm bored" the same way again! **This episode is sponsored by Big Life Journal, a company that strives to help children develop a growth mindset. Pick up their new Growth Mindset Activity Kit (something to keep your kids from being bored!) at and use the code ZENDOCSTEVE for 10% off your purchase.
04/06/1819m 36s

How to Talk So Kids Get Stuff Done!

One of the hardest things in parenting is getting kids to realize that there are things you have to do simply because they must get done––whether or not you actually want to do them. Sometimes it’s a little thing: “Would you please just get your shoes on so we can leave the house??” Other tasks––like tackling Mount Laundry or starting that big assignment that’s due next week—are a bit bigger. In this episode, learn a simple, 2-question technique you can use to activate your child's own intrinsic motivation to GET STUFF DONE! This episode is sponsored by Big Life Journal. Help your children develop the mindset they need to live their dreams. Visit and use code ZENDOCSTEVE for 10% off your purchase.
21/05/1820m 8s

Youth Baseball Injuries - with New York Yankees Team Physician, Dr Christopher Ahmad, and Major League Soccer Medical Coordinator, John Gallucci Jr.

Youth baseball injuries are dramatically rising. In this episode, New York Yankees Head Team Physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and Major League Soccer Medical Coordinator, John Gallucci Jr., stop by The Child Repair Guide to help you keep your young player healthy and performing at their best! In This Episode, We Talk About: Why there's been an increase in the number & severity of youth baseball injuries Thoughts on sport specialization vs. playing multiple sports Pitching injuries Questions about pitch counts and when to teach kids curveballs How to create an environment in which your player can feel comfortable about knowing when to stop when hurt Common non-pitching-related injuries Basic ways to prevent injury How to know when your player can start resistance training Thoughts on the new USA Bats standards and their relationship to safety and a whole lot more... Get a copy of Ahmad & Gallucci's new book, Play Ball: Don't Let Injury Sideline You This Season, at
07/05/1838m 2s

Your Breastfeeding Questions Answered - Part Two

A while back, I asked followers of my Facebook page about their challenges and questions about breastfeeding.  The response was so overwhelming that we had to split the questions into two episodes! After covering dozens of questions in Part One, Dr. Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti and I cover so much more here in Part Two today! We cover:  Nipple shields-- when to use them & how to know when to stop Whether foods in a mom's diet can cause gassinessin a baby Signs that a food in your diet is causing a medical problem in your baby Mastitis-- why it happens & how to treat it What to do if you think you have excess lipasein your milk Nursing beyond a year -- whether there's any benefit, what challenges you might face, and more Pros and cons of nursing while pregnant Tandem nursing Tips for weaning a toddler and a whole lot more... Tag me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let me know what you think about my conversation with Dr. Panayotti!
16/04/1854m 25s

Improve Your Child's Memory (and Yours!) - with Memory Expert Brad Zupp

How can you help your child learn when you can't remember why you just walked into the kitchen? It's a cruel coincidence, isn't it? As parents, we're tasked with trying to help teach our kids how to learn -- right when we're at an age when our own memories show the first signs that they're not quite what they used to be. My guest in this episode has the secrets to helping you and your kids unlock the power of the memory -- with amazing results. Brad Zupp is a man of many talents. After years of performing with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Brad developed successful careers as both a realtor and financial planner. But his real love developed along the way, as what began as an interesting experiment to improve his own memory turned into a passion and, ultimately, participation in the World Memory Championships. A sample of Brad's astonishing memory feats includes: Memorizing a deck of playing cards in 85 seconds Memorizing 117 names in 15 minutes Memorizing 1,250 digits in 30 minutes In our conversation below, Brad shares the secret memory habits he uses -- so that you and your kids can use them, too!
02/04/181h 20m

Modern Manners for Moms & Dads - with Evie Granville & Sarah Davis

When I settled on the name of the podcast, it was a play on the fact that kids don't come with an instruction manual -- hence, "The Child Repair Guide." But what if there was an instruction manual? My guests today are experts in helping parents navigate the complexity and comedy of raising kids. Evie Granville and Sarah Davis are moms, educators, and best friends whose podcast, Best Friend Banter, covers all the things that two best friends would talk about. Their focus is to guide parents through all the questions about parenting etiquette and manners that arise every day. What do you do when your child makes a mess in public? Does your child have to write thank you cards for birthday presents? What to say when your toddler says something embarrassing to a stranger? Through their podcast, blog, and upcoming book, Sarah and Evie are your go-to resource for all these questions and more. This episode was a blast to record, and I guarantee that you'll both love listening and learn some wise insight into how best to raise your family!
19/03/1847m 10s

My Guest Appearance Talking about Mindfulness for Parents on the 'Best Friend Banter' Podcast with Evie + Sarah

Every now and then, I get to play the role of guest on someone else's podcast!   Evie Granville and Sarah Davis host "Best Friend Banter," an engaging, funny, and heartfelt podcast covering just about everything that two best friend moms might talk about together.   Their show really is both entertaining and educational -- especially since they've begun to focus on "modern manners for moms and dads." In fact, I'll be sharing with you my interview with them next week, in which we talk about all kinds of parenting etiquette and kid manners situations -- many of which I guarantee you'v experienced yourself!   But the topic at hand today is "Mindfulness for Parents." And, since this is one of my areas of expertise, Sarah and Evie were curious to pick my brain on what mindfulness is, how parents can fit it in their already-busy schedules, and why they should.   This conversation was a blast to record & I think you'll get a lot out of it!
05/03/1834m 54s

Scoliosis in Kids: A Primer for Parents - with Dr. Mia Ortega

Scoliosis is something that most parents have heard of--but would you know how to look for it in your child? Or what problems might arise if it goes undiscovered? Dr. Mia Ortega stops by The Child Repair Guide this week to talk about all of this and more in this great, practical conversation about scoliosis in kids.  Enjoy!
26/02/1829m 28s

Dealing with Pregnancy Loss - with Dr. Julie Bindeman

When it comes to parenting, sometimes it seems like people have something to say about everything. Potty training. Sleep. What your kids are or aren't eating. Screen time. Activities. The list goes on and on... And yet, sometimes the things that are the hardest for us to go through end up not being talked about enough. Or -- worse still -- not at all. Pregnancy loss is one of those topics. As the founder and co-director of Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington, psychologist Julie Bindeman, Psy-D, helps parents learn how to manage the multifaceted, emotional experience of losing a pregnancy. And as a mom and a woman who has experienced this herself, she brings the powerful insight of someone who has walked in her clients' shoes. This is a conversation that I hope will be helpful to many, many people, as pregnancy loss is an experience that is much more common than most of us realize -- and it's something that no one should have to manage alone.
12/02/1859m 39s

Growth Mindset & Grit: Setting Your Child Up For Success - with the Co-Creator of the 'Big Life Journal,' Alexandra Eidens

This is an episode that I've been so excited to finally share with you. Why? Because the topic of this episode is the KEY to showing your child how to find success in life (and, if we're honest, it's the key to you finding it, too!). And it doesn't really matter what your definition of "success" is--whether it's a career, happiness, personal satisfaction. The necessary ingredient in the journey toward success is the right mindset--a Growth Mindset, to be specific. Yes, I fully recognize that it can sound hokey to talk about "mindset" as the solution to any problem. But I'll tell you what--I've decided that helping my own children develop a growth mindset is one of my most important tasks as their parent. There really isn't any statement stronger than that to show you how important this topic is.
29/01/1855m 59s

Gut Health, Probiotics, Good Bacteria & Your Kids - with 'The Gut Health MD,' Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

You might have noticed -- talking about gut health and good bacteria is all the rage right now. Everywhere you look, you see it: probiotics, probiotics, kombucha, fermented foods, and more... And it's for good reason. We are covered in and contain billions and billions of bacteria. And while we're still only scratching the surface of understanding what they do, it seems that they have a major influence on everything from development and even behavior, to the diseases we get and how we fight them. In essence, our body's normal bacteria play a big part in helping us be us. To help shed some light on all of these nuances, I spoke with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, who is perhaps best known as 'The Gut Health MD.'
15/01/181h 2m

Increasing Your Family's Happiness & Eliminating Frustrations

Whether you're making New Year Resolutions or it's the middle of July and you feel that something needs to change, it's always the right time to start making things better for you and your family. But what to do first?  This simple exercise can help you and your kids figure out what to tackle--whether it's eliminating the negative or focusing on the good--so that you and your family can live the amazing life you want! This episode comes with a printable worksheet available at
01/01/1813m 34s

Your End-of-Year Mindset as a Parent

How you end one year impacts how you start the next. And as a parent, your mindset affects more than just you. In this short episode, I point out the one mindset-killer that so many of us do on social media this time of year. Take a moment to listen so you don't fall into this trap, too!
27/12/176m 55s

Kids Lying: What to Do - with Alyson Schafer

How do you handle it when your child lies?  This is such a tough question that every parent faces. And it leads to even more questions...Do you punish the lie? Let it slide? Coax the truth out of your child? How do you prevent this from becoming a habit?  Is there a better way to respond than what you're currently doing? Parenting expert Alyson Schafer returns in this outstanding episode, giving you practical tips for what to do when your child lies. Facebook: Dr. Steve Silvestro & The Child Repair Guide Twitter/Instagram: @zendocsteve YouTube:
18/12/1742m 38s

Teaching Kids About Private Part Safety

This is an extremely important discussion to have with your kids, especially with sexual assault and harassment perpetually in the news. The trouble is, you might not be saying the right thing to keep your child safest. In this audio clip from an upcoming video release, I tell you why we might be going about this conversation the wrong way, and I let you know exactly what you should say to your kids. Now that video content is being incorporated into The Child Repair Guide, make sure you follow me on Facebook and subscribe to my YouTube channel to catch all the videos as they come!
04/12/178m 47s

What You're Thankful For

This is a special episode with listener submissions to remind us all what we're doing this for. I hope that this episode makes you smile--and, more importantly, inspires you to take a moment to reflect on what you're thankful for. Tag me on Instagram @zendocsteve and let me know what you love about your family! This episode first appeared at
22/11/1715m 43s

Things Mentally Strong Parents DON'T Do - with Amy Morin

You may or may not recognize Amy Morin’s name, but I guarantee that you’ve read her work. Her mega-viral article on 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do has been viewed and shared millions of times and has likely rolled across your Facebook feed several times in the past couple of years. The universal truths and power of that article led to Amy’s first bestselling book, a TED talk, and more — and now she’s brought her unique wisdom to the world of parenting with her new book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success. This is one of my all-time favorite interviews, and I guarantee that you’ll walk away from this one with several new insights into how to best raise your family.   This episode first appeared at
20/11/1753m 5s

How to Talk to Kids about Race - with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

This is an outstanding episode that every parent needs to hear!  I got the chance to talk with one of the nation's leading experts on race, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, about how to discuss the topic of race with kids. Dr. Tatum is an author of three critically-acclaimed books on race, including Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race. She's also the former president of Spelman College and has been fostering conversations about race for her entire career. We dive into so much in this conversation, including why it's so hard for parents to talk about race with kids; how our early experiences with race shape our judgements; how to use every day moments as teaching points; how to talk to kids about social injustice; and so much more. This is one you've GOT to hear! Let me know on Facebook what you think! 
06/11/171h 3m

Your Breastfeeding Questions Answered, Part One - with Dr. Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti

We advertise breastfeeding as if it's easy, with moms and babies figuring it out as naturally as breathing air. We lie. Sure, it does come very easily to some moms. And even those who have challenges early on can often get to a point where breastfeeding is natural and simple. But for most women, nursing a baby presents a host of questions and challenges -- some when you're first starting out, and others popping up as time goes on. In fact, this is a special episode because I crowdsourced questions from followers of my Facebook page, and you responded in force -- with tons of questions and stories of your nursing triumphs and challenges. My guest in this episode is the outstanding Dr. Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti. She is the medical director of the Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyle Clinic, a former medical director of the Duke Regional Newborn Nursery, and helps lead the Breastfeeding Task Force for Duke Children's Primary Care. You submitted so many questions, we're going to have a Part Two to this episode soon. In this Part One, we cover tons of breastfeeding topics, including: What you can do before the baby comes to get a head start on successful nursing What to expect in the first few weeks of nursing a baby Signs of a good latch & how to get it Pain -- what's normal and what's not Emotional changes while nursing Tongue ties How to tell if your baby is getting enough Supply issues -- both undersupply and oversupply What to do when your baby starts sleeping through the night How to build up your supply if it starts to decrease Medications & nursing Transitioning back to work Weaning ...and a whole lot more! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let me know what you think about my conversation with Dr. Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti -- and send in any questions you want to see in Part Two!
23/10/171h 13m

Helping Your Child Adjust to Daylight Saving Time

Back before you had kids, the idea of changing the clocks and getting an extra hour of sleep sounded great. But now that there are little people involved, arbitrarily changing your family's schedule sounds like a nightmare.  Use these simple tips to help your child adjust to Daylight Saving Time--whether it's the Spring or the Fall--and ensure that everyone gets the sleep they need!
09/10/1712m 0s

What Your Kid's Dentist Wishes You Knew

In this episode, I interview pediatric dentist Dr. Heather Solander and get the scoop on everything to do with keeping your kids' teeth healthy.  She answers questions about: When to start brushing Tips for getting a reluctant toddler to let you brush How old your child should be before she brushes her own teeth The issue of fluoride toxicity in kids The safety of X-rays How to choose a dentist What to do if you think your dentist is too quick to do procedures The different types of sedation dentists use for procedures and how they might affect your kids and a whole lot more! SHARE this episode and learn more at And, as always, subscribe & please leave a review!
25/09/1757m 3s

Tantrums at the Start of the Schoolyear

First few weeks of school, kids come home and they're a mess. Are you experiencing this?  Well, you're not alone.  In this episode, I talk about what's going on, why this is a common occurrence, and what you can do about it.
04/09/179m 3s

Introducing Your Child to the New Baby

When you’re expecting another baby, the initial excitement can soon give way to a wave of worrying thoughts:   “I hope I can love this new baby as much as I love my first.”  “Will I end up loving my first any less?” And, of course: “We’re good now—are we screwing things up by bringing someone else into the mix?”   As a result, there’s a lot of emotional weight riding on the first meeting between your older child and the new baby, as well as on those early weeks at home.   Following these tips can prepare your child for the new baby and help to make the introduction of the new sibling go as smoothly as possible.   This post was first published at, and is sponsored by Audible -- get your free audiobook and 30-day free membership at 
15/08/1725m 45s

Getting Kids to Talk Nicely to Each Other (and You!)

We often tell kids to "think before you speak." But what does that really mean? What should they think? In this episode, we cover 3 simple questions you can teach your kids to think before they speak -- hopefully putting a dent in any sibling bickering at home, while also teaching your kids an important interpersonal skill to have as they grow. This episode was first published at, and is brought to you by Audible. Get your free 30 day trial of Audible PLUS a free audiobook you can keep by clicking here:
01/08/1719m 1s

The Splinter Removal Guide - Tweezers or...a Banana?

Taking out a splinter -- easy for some, intimidating for others, and rarely a fun experience for kids. This episode gives you the low-down on the best way to remove splinters from your kids, plus some more...unconventional...methods you can try if your kids simply won't let you get close with a pair of tweezers. Plus, learn when a splinter--yes, a splinter--might need to be evaluated by a doctor. *This episode is brought to you by my favorite tool for surviving long car trips with the kids--Audible. Listening to audiobooks on car rides with the kids is a great way to hold out on giving the iPad or the phone, plus it's a great way to bond as a family. Get a free 30-day trial, PLUS a free audiobook that you can keep forever, by visiting This episode first appeared at 
10/07/1715m 52s

One Easy Step to Kind Kids

We can all agree that raising kids who value being kind to others is important -- both for our families and for the world around us. But how to do it? In this episode, I share a simple, yet fun, technique you can use to raise kind kids. We've seen the impact of this tool in my own family since we started using it a few years ago, and I'm sure you'll find it helpful, too. You can share this episode as both a podcast and an article to read by sharing the link SUBSCRIBE on iTunes and LEAVE A REVIEW! Be well & have fun!
26/06/1714m 37s

How to Tell Kids About a Loved One's Illness

This is a special edition of The Child Repair Guide featuring a guest-host, Dr. Amanda Thompson. Dr. Thompson is a pediatric psychologist and Medical Director of Patient Support Services in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. My interview with Dr. Thompson on How to Talk to Kids About Death, Grief, and Loss is a powerful episode and a listener-favorite. In this episode, she guides you through another challenging experience of parenting: telling your kids about a loved one’s serious illness. You can find the full text of this episode at If you find this or any other episode of The Child Repair Guide helpful, please share with your friends and leave a review on your podcast app!
12/06/1719m 46s

Nosebleeds in Kids: What to Do & When to Get Checked

This is something that every mom & dad needs to know because, let's face it, you're going to be dealing with dozens of nosebleeds in your career as a parent. In this short informational episode, you'll learn: What causes nosebleeds in kids (besides the obvious) The WRONG way to treat a nosebleed What you SHOULD do to try and stop a nosebleed How to know if your child's bloody nose needs to be seen by a doctor What to expect after a nosebleed How to prevent future nosebleeds from occurring Take a listen & share this episode by sending the link to your friends, family, and parenting groups online!
22/05/1718m 17s

Parent Self-Care 101 - with Nancy Harazduk

"Parent self-care." Perhaps even taking care of yourself first. It just sounds wrong, doesn't it? Yet it might be one of the most important things you can do for your kids. See, we're all built with a "save the kids!" mentality, as if we're jumping off the Titanic and there's room in the lifeboat for just one more. It's a natural inclination that's great for the survival of the species -- put the next generation first so that the human race can keep on. Luckily, most of us don't spend our days jumping off the Titanic or out of burning buildings. And yet we live each day as if we are, stuck in the mindset of constantly sacrificing ourselves for our kids. We think it's for their benefit -- but what if it's not? What if it's actually harming them? I don't know about you, but I know that when I'm tired, stressed, or on edge, I can inadvertently be a little short with my kids and my wife. I might not pay attention as well as I should. I might eagerly look forward to later on when I can finally rest. Doesn't sound like amazing parenting, does it? More importantly still, this high-strung state would be a pretty terrible example for our kids. After all, you cannot teach what you have not learned. We want our kids to grow up healthy, happy, and balanced. How can we expect that to happen if their primary role models are constantly tired and stressed? This is why I created the Mindfulness for Parents Online Course -- to give you tools you need to recharge, refocus, and rebalance your life -- both as a parent and an individual, so you can raise your kids the absolute best you can. Learn more about this incredible course by clicking here. To help illustrate the importance of parental self-care & how some of the tools in this course work, I'm sharing my conversation with the wonderful Nancy Harazduk. Nancy is the director of the Mind-Body Medicine Program at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has taught self-care skills to hundreds of medical students -- including me. She's also trained faculty and staff at Georgetown's med school and law school, residents and faculty at Stanford, members of the Middle East Cancer Consortium, and many more. She's an expert at helping people find balance in their lives, and she's here today to talk about why it's so important for you to find it in yours. Sign up for the Mindfulness for Parents Online Course here.
08/05/1748m 28s

Getting to the Root of Your Child's Problems

I know that when your child is struggling with something, it can be hard to figure out exactly what's going on. Or maybe you know exactly what the issue is, but you want to help your child figure it out, too. Well, since it's my job to try and tease out what's going on with kids, I have a few tricks up my sleeve. This week's episode shares one of those tips -- and you'll be surprised by its origins! 
17/04/1715m 44s

How to Prevent SIDS - Safe Sleep with Amber Kroeker

It's the fear that runs through every new parent's mind at night: "Is my baby breathing?" The fear of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and infant suffocation is among the first giant worries that plague moms and dads in the early months of parenting. And it's not without reason -- nearly 3,700 infants in the United States die each year from sudden unexplained infant death, including SIDS. Clearly, there's more to know than just "back to sleep." Knowing the risks involved in day-to-day activities that we take for granted -- things like wearing your baby in a wrap, or even letting her nap in a carseat -- is key to learning how to reduce those risks. Amber Kroeker is here today to help us wade through the uncertainties of SIDS and infant suffocation so that you can rest easily knowing that your baby is sleeping safely. Amber is the Child Injury Prevention Coordinator at Randall Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon, and is a leading voice in the infant safety community. She's also the driving force behind the Smitten Sleep System, an award-winning, next-generation bassinet box designed to reduce infant sleep death. In This Episode, You Will Learn: The most common causes & risk factors for SIDS and infant suffocation The age at which infants are most at risk for SIDS Why babies' anatomy puts them at the highest risk for suffocation during sleep How sleeping in the carseat can risk SIDS and infant suffocation Tips for wraps & baby-wearing -- how to do it safely When you can introduce stuffed animals, blankets, etc., into your baby's sleep area What type of sleep devices can help create a safe sleep area And much, much more! This is information that every new parent needs to hear! Be sure to SHARE this page & this episode with anyone you know who has a little one on the way or at home! Important Resources & More Pip & Grow - for information about the Smitten bassinet box, plus Amber's contact information and social media The Arm's Reach Cosleeper - one of the most popular cosleepers Safe Kids Worldwide - the global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries Music Akashic Records – Motivation Canvai - Sunset This episode first appeared at
03/04/1743m 25s

How to Get Your Child to Take Medicine

“Help me help you.” This line from the movie Jerry Maguire perfectly sums up the frustration we all feel when we’re trying to give our kids medicine, doesn’t it? I know that you’re sick and feel terrible…I get it…but this is the stuff that will make you feel better, so please take it! As a pediatrician and a dad, I know this frustration well. Not only do I occasionally have this challenge with my own kids, I also get dozens of phonecalls from parents having the same battles with theirs. I know that the pain is real—for everyone involved! So in this episode, I’ve brought together all the very best tips and tricks for getting your kids to take medicine, including many that you won’t find elsewhere. We start with tips specifically for how to take liquid medication, how to take eyedrops and eye ointment, and how to take pills. I’ll also cover my favorite way to teach your child how to swallow pills, plus some general tips that will be useful no matter what type of medicine you’re giving. You can read the full text of this episode at This episode first appeared at
20/03/1731m 15s

Baby Sleep Guide, Part 2: Sleep Training 101

This second part of the Baby Sleep Guide series covers everything you need to know about sleep training, including: How to know when your baby's ready An overview of the most popular approaches How to get your baby to not be hungry in the middle of the night Information about crying 3 final key takeaway points A text version of this episode is available at SHARE this link with your friends and anyone you know who might be struggling to get their baby to sleep! This episode first appeared on Music Akashic Records – Motivation Aarre & Kedam – Joyride
27/02/1728m 26s

Baby Sleep Guide, Part 1: Setting Expectations & Good Sleep Habits from Day One

I’m going to be honest: this is an article that I’ve been dreading writing. Why? As a pediatrician, I should be thrilled by the chance to help parents and their children sleep better. But I also know that sleep poses an almost universal problem, a struggle for millions of babies and parents, very few of whom find satisfying answers in the dozens of baby sleep books that are out there. So, you know, no pressure or anything! One problem is that good sleep can often seem like something that’s totally out of your hands. One of my mentors, a wise pediatrician named Dr. David Nelson, once told me “so much of sleep has to do with the temperament of the baby.” Feisty kids tend to be feisty sleepers, mellow kids are mellow sleepers, and most babies are somewhere in between. But does that mean that it’s just the luck of the draw—that if you’re up all night long with a rough sleeper, there’s nothing you can do but simply accept your fate? Luckily, there is plenty that you can do as a parent to either prep your baby early on for good sleep habits, or to help guide your baby to a comfortable place if sleeping has already become an issue. You can find the text version of this podcast episode at
20/02/1726m 13s

Moving from Conflict to Cooperation - with Alyson Schafer

We're in the middle of a revolution in parenting. It's clear to see that in the last twenty-plus years, parenting styles have radically changed. Gone is the view that children "should be seen and not heard," and in its place is a more kid-centric approach designed--we hope--to help our kids grow up more confident and balanced, and to allow parents to more fully enjoy the experience of raising kids. But as with any change, there are some growing pains. As we've moved away from a generally authoritarian approach to parenting, we've blurred some of the long-held lines in the parent-child relationship. "When am I your parent, and when am I your friend? Should I always be the parent and not the friend? How does a friend convince you to eat your dinner?" And with these lines blurred, we've introduced potential for daily conflict--both with our kids and within ourselves. Alyson Schafer is a pro at teaching parents how to manage these conflicts and even avoid them altogether. She is Canada's leading parenting expert, and her list of accomplishments makes it easy to see why: She's the author of three books, hosted her own parenting TV show for six seasons, has appeared in dozens of online and print media, and has given presentations around the world--including TEDxKids in Brussels. In this interview, Alyson dives into the conflicts that come up in modern parenting, giving you key tips to deal with and prevent those issues--and raise cooperative, happy kids in the process! In This Episode, You Will Learn About: Raising cooperative kids versus simply obedient kids How to stimulate intrinsic motivation and mutual respect instead of always using external rewards to motivate your child Kids’ 4 goals when misbehaving Why we should look at misbehavior as a mistaken approach How certain types of praise might actually hurt your child’s chances for true success How to deal with back talk and bad attitudes Why family meetings are so important—and how to structure them to be successful And so much more! "Mistakes are opportunities to learn, not failures and deficiencies." "Any time [kids] can increase their sense of control, their lack of control in other areas becomes more manageable." -- Alyson Schafer Be sure to SHARE this page & this episode with anyone who needs to find the right balance as they raise their kids in this new era of parenting! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let me know what you think about my conversation with Alyson. Important Resources Alyson Schafer's website for more of her best resources Book: Honey, I Wrecked The Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Time-outs, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don't Work - by Alyson Schafer Book: Breaking the Good Mom Myth: Every Mom's Modern Guide to Getting Past Perfection, Regaining Sanity, and Raising Great Kids - by Alyson Schafer Book: Ain't Misbehavin': Tactics for Tantrums, Meltdowns, Bedtime Blues and Other Perfectly Normal Kid Behaviors - by Alyson Schafer Alyson's articles on Huffington Post Canada -- Great resource for anyone with anxiety, filled with helpful articles, apps, and other resources Music Akashic Records – Motivation Extan - Sunshine
30/01/171h 3m

Positive Strategies for ADHD - with Michelle Buzgon

ADHD has been one of the most challenging topics over the past twenty years, and is something that many, many families experience. And while we could have long conversations about the state of ADHD in the United States—about increasing rates and whether they are due to better recognition and understanding, influence of the availability of multiple medications and treatments, changes in social expectations around the behavior of kids both at home and especially at school, or some combination of all of these things. But without even diving into any of that, here is the reality: parents and kids all around the country are dealing with the impact of ADHD and are often struggling as they learn how to manage it. That's what intrigues me about the work of Michelle Buzgon. Michelle is an ADHD coach with over 10 years of experience partnering with adults, kids, teens, and parents. Through individual coaching and through workshops using Cindy Goldrich’s popular, Calm & Connected program, Michelle provides something that is often the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to treating kids with ADHD—and that’s help kids and their parents figure out lifelong strategies that tap into their strengths and help them find the focus and motivation to succeed. So in this episode, we dive into all of this and more—with of the questions that I asked coming from parents like you who wrote to me on Facebook about their biggest ADHD challenges. In This Interview, You Will Learn: What’s going on with ADHD and why it isn’t about inattention, but rather a problem of attention regulation How using rewards and negative consequences can sometimes create more problems How to use the right type of consequences and when to set boundaries How to break the “cycle of defiance” How saying the same words in a different way can get a drastically better response from your child Tools to motivate your child How making the bed is a great example for teaching your child planning and executive function skills Tips for teachers, tips for when medication wears off in the afternoon, tips for making schooltime more successful And much, much more! If you know a family that is struggling as they learn to manage ADHD, share this interview with them and others on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, and help get this information out to everyone who needs it!  Important Resources Michelle Buzgon can be found at ADDitude Magazine - four issues a year filled with tips for raising kids with ADHD Book: Raising Boys with ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Sons - Mary Anne Richey and James W. Forgan - tips and stories that are useful for both boys and girls Book: Mindful Games - by Susan Kaiser Greenland - Susan is one of my favorite experts; here, she describes dozens of activities that can be used to enhance focus and awareness Fidget: Set of 3 Tangle Jr. Fidget - colorful and comes with two back-ups! Fidget: Boinks Fidgets (Package of 6) Fidget: Stress Cube Music Akashic Records – Motivation Canvai - Sunset This post first appeared at
16/01/171h 0m

Ask These 5 Questions to Bond with Your Kids

If you grew up watching family sitcoms at any point from the ‘60s through the ‘90s, then you probably expected that parenting would be filled with grand “teachable moments.” At the end of every episode—whether it was The Brady Bunch, Growing Pains, Family Ties, or Full House—cheesy music would play, the parent would sit on the edge of the bed with a kid who’d made a hilariously big mistake, they’d have a touching moment in which the parent imparts some life-changing wisdom, and then the scene would end with a hug followed by a joke. It turns out that real-life parenting isn’t quite like that. In fact, many of the biggest opportunities for teachable moments with our kids are unexpected or even go by unnoticed. If only someone could cue the cheesy music and clue us in on what to do! Well, there is something you can do to create an opportunity to connect with your children each and every day. I call these “The Dinner Questions.” They are a way to avoid asking the question that every child on the planet finds boring: “How was school?” and getting the unhelpful answer of “fine” or “I don’t know.” What’s special about these questions is that they do more than just entice your kids to talk about their day. They let you in on how your kids think. They help your kids learn to appreciate their experiences and the people in their lives. And they help to shape a positive mindset about the future. In short, they create built-in “teachable moments.” Take a listen to this short episode to hear the questions and see how. This episode first appeared at Music Akashic Records – Motivation Adam Hinden & cinnafinn — sea you soon Ampyx & Ron Curtis – Shoot for the Stars
03/01/1718m 51s

Cough, Croup, and Wheezing - Everything You Need To Know

It’s that time of year again: cough and cold season for kids! In fact, even though fall and winter are the seasons in which kids get sick most often, we pediatricians expect that the average child gets sick between eight and twelve times a year. That means that no matter what time of year you’re listening to this episode, it’s essentially cough season for kids right now. As both a pediatrician and a dad, I know that there are two things that matter most when your kids are coughing: 1). Knowing how to help your child feel better, and 2). Knowing how to figure out when it’s something more than just a cold. So this episode is going to outline everything you need to know about coughing in kids, from a common cold, through pneumonia, croup, and wheezing. I promise--you’re not going to find a better collection of everything you need to know—so save it to your device, share it, and keep coming back when you need it! You can also read the script of this episode as an article at, which is the link you can use to share this resource with your friends!
19/12/1635m 35s

Change Your Family's Narrative

If you want to live a life with your family that is loving and fulfilling, a life in which you and your children can grow and thrive happily together, then there is one thing that you must to do: You need to figure out what story you've been telling yourself about your family, and you need to write the story that you want. You need to change your family's narrative. In this short, 12-minute episode, learn more about recognizing your family's narrative, plus 3 Simple Steps to change it. Send me your new narratives on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to get personalized feedback from me! I want to hear how you’re turning your family’s narrative around, and I want to be there to help you do it!    Music Akashic Records – Motivation Adam Hinden & cinnafinn -- sea you soon Photos Images via Unsplash by Ian Schneider, Lacie Slezak, Ashim D Silva, Garret Sears, Annie Spratt, Gaelle Marcel, and Joanne Caselyn Suarez This post first appeared on The Child Repair Guide at
28/11/1614m 29s

A Parent's Guide to Childhood Cancer - with Pediatric Oncologist Dr. Wendy Allen-Rhoades

If I could pinpoint one single worry that many parents have when it comes to the health of their kids, I’d say it would be that their child would someday be diagnosed with cancer. More often than not, our fears are unfounded. Our kids get better. That google search was wrong. But for almost 16,000 kids a year here in the United States, a new diagnosis of childhood cancer is a reality. If you do the math, that’s about 43 kids a day who are diagnosed with some form of cancer. And while survival rates for childhood cancer are now around 90%, it’s still an experience that no family wants to go through. So with this episode, I wanted to bring on someone whom I really respect and look up to to help walk us through childhood cancer -- and to give you an episode that you'll find useful whether your child has recently been diagnosed or you're simply looking to learn more and ease your worries. My guest today is pediatric oncologist Dr. Wendy Allen-Rhoades.  for a long time----we went to med school together, and she was a year under me in residency. And when you’re working 80 hour weeks and 30 hour shifts and it all hits the fan at 2 in the morning with no one else around, you quickly figure out which of your colleagues you want by your side. As a resident, Wendy was that person…and now as a pediatric hematologist & oncologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, hundreds of families get to have her by their side as they go through the challenging journey of childhood cancer. In this episode, Dr. Allen-Rhoades guides us through all the nuts and bolts of cancer in kids. In This Episode, You Will Learn: What cancer is & how it affects kids differently from adults Exactly what chemotherapy and radiation are and how they work Common signs of cancer in children What can happen years after a child is treated for cancer What you can do to help a child who is undergoing treatment  How parents can take care of themselves, too, while their child is being treated for cancer What you can do to help improve the lives of children with cancer And much, much more! Dr. Wendy Allen-Rhoades takes us step-by-step through the experience of a child with cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment, and -- hopefully -- to remission and beyond. Be sure to SHARE this page & this episode with any family you know who'd benefit from this Parent's Guide to Childhood Cancer. Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let me know what you think about my conversation with Dr. Wendy Allen-Rhoades. Important Resources Contact Dr. Wendy Allen-Rhoades here St. Baldrick's Foundation Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Be the Match - register to become a bone marrow donor Charity Watch - an online resource to help you make informed decisions about charities Music Akashic Records – Motivation Axel Wernberg – Changes (Original Mix)
13/11/1643m 58s

The Best Way to Deal with Vomiting & Diarrhea in Kids

If there is one illness that is universally despised by parents, it's the stomach bug.  Dealing with vomiting and diarrhea in kids can be messy, time consuming, and can even get you sick in the process. But most worrisome part is that for a child, what seems like a little stomach bug can very quickly lead to dehydration and serious problems. In fact, when I had just graduated from medical school, we would constantly admit young children to the hospital simply to get them rehydrated. And while there have been changes in available medications that can keep a child from moving from the ER to a hospital bed, knowing what to do when your child has a stomach bug can hopefully prevent you from having to go to the ER in the first place. So here is a quick episode that will give you everything you need to know about keeping your child hydrated and healthy when he or she has a stomach bug.  Be sure to SHARE this with your friends and networks by sharing the link -- as this is an issue that every parent will face. In This Episode, You Will Learn: How to help a vomiting child keep fluids down What type of fluids to give a child with vomiting and diarrhea How to know when you can give food to a child who is vomiting or has diarrhea How to tell if your child is getting dehydrated -- THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT! When to call your doctor -- and when to call or be seen right away How a "stomach bug" causes vomiting & diarrhea -- and how understanding that affects how you treat your child How long a stomach bug is contagious Why your child might throw up 2 or 3 days after you thought they were better When you can expect your child to have a normal appetite again Music Akashic Records – Motivation SANDR - Something New This episode first appeared at
01/11/1631m 0s

Tummy Time, Infant Development & More - with Physical Therapist Whitney Burke

Sometimes doing something good has unintended consequences. In the early 1990s, it was determined that putting babies to sleep on their backs instead of their stomachs would help to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). In fact, since the Back to Sleep campaign (now called Safe to Sleep) was launched in 1994, the rate of SIDS in the United States has dropped by 50%. While that's fantastic news, the downside is that we've now seen that babies who sleep on their backs have slightly slower motor development and are at risk for problems like torticollis (head tilt) and plagiocephaly (flat head). Since we clearly don't want anyone to experience SIDS, the recommendation to put babies to sleep on their backs isn't going anywhere -- and rightly so. Instead, we've got to learn what we can do to help new babies develop well and avoid any preventable problems. Enter Whitney Burke. Whitney Burke, MSPT, is a pediatric physical therapist whose passion is giving parents the tools they need to raise a healthy baby. She received her training at Northeastern University and began working at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Westchester, NY before she founded her own private practice in New York City's Upper East Side. Whitney has also created a parent education course called Walking with Whitney, which she teaches in New York City -- and has recently produced a video series so that she can share her insights with you (see the trailer below). Because she has spent years working with children of all ages and with a wide range of developmental disabilities, Whitney knows how to teach parents to help their children develop to the best of their abilities, no matter where they're starting from.  She also loves to educate parents on developmentally appropriate play ideas for newborns -- play that can help to strengthen them and both prevent and treat conditions like torticollis & plagiocephaly. I'm thrilled that Whitney has come onto The Child Repair Guide to share her ideas with you! Take a listen, and if you know someone in your life who has a new baby, SHARE this episode with them! In This Episode, You Will Learn: The better way to think about "tummy time" & how to work it in throughout your day What to do if your baby hates tummy time What torticollis is, which babies are most at risk, and when to seek help How to prevent your baby from developing flat spots on the head What to do if your baby already has a flat spot on the head How bouncy seats, swings, exersaucers, and other commonly used baby gear can affect your baby's development How long is "okay" for your baby to be placed in bouncy seats, swings, etc. What products may help prevent or improve your baby's torticollis, flat head, and more (see below) And much, much more! Products & Resources Whitney Burke's incredible instructional video, Walking with Whitney --  Get the video here on Amazon Whitney's site: Noggin Nest Baby Head Support Pillow -- Helps relieve pressure on a baby's head Nook LilyPad Playmate -- Breathable tummy time playmat Ergobaby Baby Carrier Moby Wrap Original Baby Carrier Be sure to SUBSCRIBE on your favorite podcast app, and to SHARE this page & this episode with anyone with a new baby! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and show me the great ways you've used the information in this episode with your baby! Music Akashic Records – Motivation Frame Away - Lose Heart
16/10/1655m 33s

When Can A Sick Child Return To School?

As parents, we all want to keep our kids healthy and happy. But when it comes to the first few years in daycare and school, the "staying healthy" part isn't so easy. In fact, we pediatricians expect that the average young child will be sick between 8 and 12 times a year. That means that if you get a nice healthy stretch of a month or two, then for the rest of the year your child might be sick once or twice a month--and that would be considered “normal.” Ouch! It doesn’t help that many of the illnesses that commonly affect young kids—from pinkeye and stomach bugs, to common colds and Hand Foot & Mouth Disease—are extremely contagious. So unfortunately, your child is practically bound to catch a few of these illnesses at least once, if not several times over the first few years in daycare and school. Of course, the big question that most parents struggle with is once your child has gotten sick, when can you send him or her back? In this episode, I cover the most common types of illnesses that young kids get & tell you exactly when you can send your child back to school. PLUS, at the end, I share some tips that you can use to keep your kids healthy from the start. The full text of this podcast episode can be read as an article and SHARED with your friends, daycare, and school by visiting   Music Credit: Akashic Records - Motivation Alan Walker - Force
02/10/1625m 51s

A Kid's Guide to Success - In School, Sports, and Life

Now that my kids have moved into their school years, my job as a parent feels like there is so much more on the line. Gone are the days when feeding them, changing them, and making sure they don’t run out into the street were my top priorities. Now many of our conversations are about dealing with the challenges of learning and how to handle getting something wrong; navigating the ups and downs of friendships; and how to ride through the messy process of figuring out who you are and who you want to be. And because in addition to being dad to my own two kids, I’m also the pediatrician to hundreds of young children and the coach for both of my kids’ soccer teams, I have quite a few children under my wing. I’ll admit—I feel a little pressure to make sure that I say and do the right things as I try to guide all of these kids to be successful in whatever they strive to accomplish. So I’ve explored how to create a foundation for success for these many kids in my life. And in this episode, I share with you a framework for parents, teachers, and coaches to use when talking to kids about success and helping to guide them on their way! YOU CAN READ & SHARE THE ENTIRE TEXT OF THIS EPISODE AT:   The post A Kid's Guide to Success - In School, Sports, and Life first appeared at
18/09/1631m 37s

Dealing with School Anxiety - with Child Psychiatrist Dr. Mercedes Kwiatkowski

The start of the school year is a whirlwind of change for kids. One moment, you're at home, playing all day and doing whatever you want to do. Then, all of a sudden, you're surrounded by two dozen other kids with seven hours of your day entirely determined for you and you're constantly tested to prove what you know. Sounds exhausting! And so while some children absolutely love school--they might be excited to see their friends again, they might enjoy learning and challenging themselves--it's pretty easy to see why the schoolday can be overwhelming for some kids. In fact, the start of the school year can be quite anxiety-ridden for many parents, too. After all, we want our kids to be happy and to succeed, and it's natural to worry about how our kids will handle school. Dealing with school anxiety can be a challenge--and how we and our kids approach that challenge can have profound consequences on how well our kids do in school, both academically and socially. That's why I turned to child psychiatrist Dr. Mercedes Kwiatkowski. After finishing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Kwiatkowski completed her residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She currently works with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation guiding parents and children through challenging mental health issues. Dr. Kwiatkowski is also a mom & writes for the San Francisco Moms Blog, where she combines her medical knowledge with her experience as a mother to offer parents insights as they raise their kids. In short, she's the perfect person to listen to when it comes to helping your child deal with his or her school anxiety. In This Episode, You Will Learn: What school anxiety is How to tell the difference between "butterflies in the stomach" on the first day of school and a bigger issue that should be addressed How anxiety about school can look different from what you might think Tips to help prepare your child for the school year What to do if school anxiety has persisted beyond the first few days of school What to do if your child has missed school because of anxiety Tips to get your child more interested and involved in school How to know when you should get professional help for your child And much, much more! It was great talking with Mercedes about this difficult topic. If you'd like to read more of her insights, or if you'd like to look into the helpful books she mentions in this episode, look below for links. Be sure to SHARE this page & this episode if you know someone whose child is having a hard time adjusting to school. Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let me know if you've found this episode helpful with your child. Important Resources Dr. Mercedes Kwiatkowski's articles on San Francisco Mom's Blog Book: Freeing Your Child From Anxiety - by Tamar Chansky, PhD Book: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk - by Adele Faber & Elaine Maslish Book: The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them - by Elaine N. Aron, PhD Book: What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenagers's Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder - by Emily Ford, Michael Leibowitz, and Linda Wasmer Andrews Music Akashic Records – Motivation A Himitsu - Adventures
05/09/1628m 50s

Successfully Returning To Work After A Baby - A How-To Guide with Lori Mihalich-Levin

As a pediatrician, I've come to dread one particular moment in any 2-month-old baby's checkup. You see, at the end of every checkup, I like to tell parents what to expect in the time between then and the next visit--milestones, things they might be worried about, that sort of thing. The end of the 2-month checkup is particularly fun because that's when I get to tell parents that their baby is soon going to be the happiest little bundle on the planet--laughing, smiling, giggling, babbling--the fun baby that everybody imagines. But that's the moment that it happens: Over half of moms, initially smiling as I painted the picture of what's to come, suddenly feel a pang of guilt, pain, worry, regret. It's visible on their faces. "Great. Right when I have to go back to work." Returning to work after baby is a process that is characterized by an onslaught of emotions, logistics, and change. Worse still, it happens right after we've just started to settle from another process filled with emotion, logistics, and change--that whole 'having a baby' thing. And yet, even after decades of working families, we somehow still haven't figured out how to make maternity leave and return work. Lori Mihalich-Levin has figured it out. An accomplished lawyer (and a top-notch mom, to boot!), Lori has been a champion for women since she was in college. After twice experiencing the challenges of returning to work herself, she founded Mindful Return--an online resource, e-course, and community--with the mission of helping moms plan for, take, and return from maternity leave as calmly and successfully as possible. Whether the topic is riding the emotional wave of returning to work, figuring out how to schedule time for yourself, or planning the daily logistics of getting everybody out of the house in the morning, Lori is the expert that every working parent needs to hear. In This Episode, You Will Learn: How to tackle the many forms of guilt involved in going back to work after having a baby How to ask for flexibility in your schedule, even after having taken a few weeks off--and still have the confidence to ask for a raise Pumping at work--how to make it happen and protect the time you need Ways to handle the new challenges to your relationship with your significant other that are brought on by combining a new baby and a return to work How to turn your parenting challenges into assets at work How to delegate to get everybody out of the house on time! Lori's mental trick for staying sane when your head is spinning How "micro-self-care" can ensure you're also able to find time for taking care of yourself Lori's 7 recommendations for what to do before even taking maternity leave What the maternity leave expert would tell her pre-maternity-leave self And much, much more! "You can plan your leave and go back to work in a way that makes you feel empowered--instead of 'my career's going to end.'" -- Lori Mihalich-Levin Even if you're a dad on leave, or even if you're a stay-at-home parent, I promise that you're going to find so much valuable information in this episode that you can use today! Be sure to SHARE this page & this episode with anyone who needs to find the right balance between work, family, and self! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let me know what you think about my conversation with Lori. Important Resources Mindful Return - Lori's incredible online resource for moms planning and returning from leave Mindful Return Online e-Course - Read the reviews & see how SO many women have benefited from this course! Lori Mihalich-Levin email: Book: Work, Pump, Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work - by Jessica Shortall Book: Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time - by Bridgid Schultz Resources for parents with Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Postpartum Support International - Get information, connect with professionals March of Dimes Postpartum Depression Resource - Learn the signs, treatment, and more Music Akashic Records – Motivation Aarre & Kedam - Joyride
22/08/161h 8m

Dry Drowning - What Every Parent Needs To Know

One more thing to worry about... That's all we need as parents, right? Sometimes it seems hard enough to make it through the day avoiding the things that we already know could lead us or our kids down a path we don't want to pursue. But when something we've always assumed was no big deal--like a child coughing for a few moments after swallowing water, then perking back up--when we hear that that can be a life-threatening danger, well, it can seem like the only option is to be über-vigilant and worried about our kids all the time. And this is exactly what we face each summer, when social media and daytime news shows are once again populated with stories that start with kids who swallow a bit of water at the pool then seem okay, only to end in every parent's worst nightmare. Dry Drowning & Secondary Drowning are, indeed, scary. But there's more to the story than what you might already know--which is why I've dedicated this episode to giving you everything that a parent needs to know about this terrible situation. In This Episode, You Will Learn: Exactly what "dry drowning" and "secondary drowning" are What signs and symptoms you should watch out for How often dry drowning and secondary drowning happen How worried you should be about dry drowning & secondary drowning What to do if you think your child is experiencing secondary drowning How to prevent these terrible traumas from happening My goal with this podcast is to help reduce some of the anxieties and worries that come with modern day parenting. And the best way to do that is to give you the best information to help you feel comfortable and confident with your child's health. If this episode has helped ease your worries about dry drowning, please be sure to SHARE this page & this episode on social media and parent message boards so that you can help other parents enjoy the same knowledge as you! Click on the share buttons on this page, and while you're at it, tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let me know what you think! Music Akashic Records – Motivation SANDR – Retrofunkfish
08/08/1615m 26s

How To Raise Empowered Children - with the Founder of 'Girls on the Run,' Molly Barker

I'm 36 years old and I'm still trying to figure myself out. What do I want to be when I grow up? What do I have to contribute to the world? What is it exactly that makes me tick? Who am I?? One answer I do know: I'm a parent who'd like to somehow give my kids a leg up on answering those questions so that they've got some of the kinks worked out before they're nearly 40. I'd love to raise them as confident individuals who know who they are, what they stand for, and where they want to fit in the universe—and whose belief in themselves is unshakeable. Molly Barker has been working to empower kids--and now adults--for decades. In 1996, she founded Girls on the Run, a wildly successful program that combines physical fitness with insightful and inspirational lessons to help girls embrace their individual strengths and navigate life's challenges. Now that Girls on the Run has spread to 220 cities and reached over 1 Million girls, Molly is now working to empower adults through The Red Boot Coalition, spreading the message of the power of honest listening to both heal and prevent so many of the rifts that mar modern society. An author of two books and a 4-time Hawaii Ironman Triathlete, Molly's outstanding work has been recognized with White House awards and as among the most influential in the world of sport. To put it simply, Molly Barker is a superstar--and after you hear her thoughts on parenting and raising empowered children, you'll feel the same. In This Episode, You Will Learn: How "empowered" is more powerful than simply "self-confident" To teach kids to recognize emotions without labeling them as good or bad About helping kids figure out their values, develop healthy boundaries, relate to others, and become agents of change in their community The value of kids having "confidence not only in their successes, but also in the fact that their failures are in some way a success," as well. The importance of having the capacity not to be a reactive parent, but a present parent How the question "why" helps you have deeper conversations with your kids, no matter their age Molly's 3 tools for "remaining sane more times than insane" as a parent The 3 phrases Molly has used to navigate so many of life's ups & downs with her own children And much, much more! Some Quotes From This Interview: "Kids need to understand what they value." -- Molly Barker "To say to girls: 'You have a body, it's your body, and you are the master of your body.'" -- Molly Barker On parenting: "There's no endgame; there's nowhere to get. It's just's's everything." -- Molly Barker "We just love them. There's no fixing, no saving, no trying to make them better. They're already awesome, and it's just the job of the coach to help them recognize that within themselves." -- Molly Barker Molly was an incredible guest. I absolutely adored talking with her, and I believe you'll enjoy listening to this episode. Be sure to SHARE this page & this episode with anyone you believe could use a positive message about parenting and raising empowered children! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and let me know the positive messages you share with your family. Important Resources Girls on the Run website & information The Red Boot Coalition website & information Molly's books: Girls on Track: A Parent's Guide to Inspiring Our Daughters to Achieve a Lifetime of Self-Esteem and Respect, and Girls Lit from Within: A Guide to Life Outside the Girl Box Molly's Current Blog: Being Here with Molly Barker Molly's Previous Blog, from when her children were younger: Molly on the Run Book discussed: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Music Akashic Records – Motivation Canvas - Sunset
25/07/161h 16m

Intermittent Reinforcement: The One Mistake Every Parent Makes (Including Me)

Some of the most frustrating interactions that we have with our kids all share the same feature: us, the parents. How we talk to, interact with, and respond to our children has such a major impact on how they behave and respond to us. Yet so many of the issues that parents struggle with--whether it's sleep training, picky eating, or just day-to-day frustrations--can be radically improved if we are able to make one single change in our own behavior, if we can stop making the one mistake that every parent makes (including me). That's why this short, 15-minute episode dives into the topic of Intermittent Reinforcement--what it is, why it makes life harder for parents, and what we can do to change. I believe that this is an episode that can inspire positive change for you and your family! Please SHARE this episode by sharing this article with your friends, family, parent groups & parent message boards. Sign up for my free kids' health newsletter & follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In This Episode, You Will Learn: What Intermittent Reinforcement is How every single parent intermittently reinforces difficult behaviors at one time or another How Intermittent Reinforcement makes it harder to change your child's difficult behaviors How Intermittent Reinforcement affects your child's brain What steps you can take to avoid falling into this trap when parenting your kids And much more! Music Akashic Records – Motivation ElectroActive - Fly
11/07/1617m 41s

Sunburn Prevention & Treatment in Kids - with Dermatologist Dr. Cyndee DeKlotz

We know that getting out to enjoy a sunny day is nourishment for the soul for both ourselves and our kids. And yet, we also know that the sun can wreak havoc on our skin--potentially leading to painful burns, lines and wrinkles as we age, and even the threat of skin cancer. Worse still is trying to figure out the best way to protect our kids' skin.  What SPF should you choose? What ingredients are best? Are you putting on enough sunscreen to be effective? And that's all before you try to put sunscreen on a wriggly, squirmy kid who hates it! In this episode, I turned to dermatologist Dr. Cyndee DeKlotz to talk about Sunburn Prevention & Treatment for Kids. Dr. DeKlotz received her medical education at Georgetown University School of Medicine, then completed her residency at Georgetown University and her fellowship at University of California San Diego. She currently cares for both adults and children and is quite brilliant--I have sent many of my own patients to her and all have received excellent care. In our conversation below, Dr. DeKlotz gives you the low-down on everything you need to prevent and treat sunburns and sun damage in your children. Get ready for some useful tips to keep your kids healthy in the sun in Episode 17 with Dr. Cyndee DeKlotz!  Some Questions That I Ask: What ingredients should we make sure are in our kids' sunscreen? Are there any ingredients that we should avoid? What's the deal with SPF? Do higher numbers actually do anything more? How do we make sure our kids are getting enough Vitamin D if we're using sunscreen all the time? What sun protection products do you use for your own kids? How do you know if a sunburn needs to be seen by a doctor?  In This Episode, You Will Learn: Why SPF only matters if you're applying sunscreen the right way The right way to apply sunscreen! The unsuspected reason why drinking water is crucial when you're out in the sun How age, number of sunburns, and types of sunburns can lead to skin cancer Whether UPF sun-protective clothing is useful for kids And much, much more! Recommended Sunscreen Products Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby SPF 60 Sunscreen Neutrogena Baby Sunblock Face Stick, SPF 60 Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen - Baby - SPF 30 EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Coolibar UPF Sun-Protective Clothing  Remember to SHARE this episode with your friends, family, parent groups, and message boards so that all of our kids can enjoy a lifetime of healthy skin in the sun! Have pictures of your family enjoying the sun? Tag me on Instagram @zendocsteve!  Dr. DeKlotz was a wonderful guest! What other kid skin topics would you like her to talk about? Let me know in the comments below, or post on my Facebook wall or tweet me @zendocsteve.  Music Akashic Records – Motivation SANDR - Something New
27/06/1640m 3s

Raising Happy Siblings - with Parents Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Dana Points

Maya Angelou said: “”I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.” And if you’re a parent of siblings, then you know that it certainly can be work. Your kids might seem like they are each other’s best friends one moment, and then worst enemies in the next. And ten minutes later, they’re back at each other’s side once again. As parents, we don’t want our kids to just be people who live in the same house. We want to create the right environment for them to forge a bond of love, and trust, and friendship that will last a lifetime. And so when we see that things are going wrong between them, it breaks our hearts. If only you could know how and when to nudge them in the right direction so that everything will be okay. That’s where today’s guest comes in. Dana Points is the Editor-in-Chief of Parents Magazine and, as you’ll hear, she has a lead role in many of the other parenting and family-oriented magazines that you may know and love. So the best tips and tricks for raising families come across her desk every single day. The June issue of Parents features a story called “Raising Happy Siblings.” Together, Dana and I go through the major recommendations of this piece, detailing helpful and effective solutions to many of the common hurdles sibling relationships can encounter. If you’re a parent of siblings, then this is an episode you simply must hear. Listen by clicking here for iTunes or play it below. In This Episode, You Will Learn Solutions to These Common Sibling Challenges: When siblings constantly tease or antagonize each other When older siblings routinely criticize younger siblings An older sibling who feels like the youngest gets all of your attention A younger sibling who thinks less of him- or herself because the older sibling always does things better When siblings don’t give each other the time of day How to best parent middle children Plus, You’ll Also Learn: The importance of saying “no” Not to rush through your kids’ childhood And much more! Important Resources Parents Magazine: website & subscription information Family Fun Magazine & Ser Padres Magazine What About Me? Twelve Ways to Get Your Parents’ Attention (Without Hitting Your Sister) – by Eileen Kennedy-Moore No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids – by Harley, A. Rotbart, MD Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys – by Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children – by Wendy Mogel The Blessing of a B-minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers – by Wendy Mogel Music Akashic Records – Motivation Ampyx & Ron Curtis — Shoot for the Stars
13/06/1639m 15s

Everything You Need To Know About Hand Foot & Mouth Disease

"Hand Foot & Mouth Disease." Say that name to almost any parent of young kids and you're sure to see them shudder. Worse than pinkeye, not quite as dreaded as lice, Hand Foot & Mouth Disease is probably one of the more miserable common infections that your child can get. With potentially high fever and terribly painful sores in the mouth, seeing your little one suffer from HFM will make you want to do anything you can to help him or her feel better. So this short episode of The Child Repair Guide focuses on giving you the tools you need to recognize Hand Foot & Mouth and help your child feel more comfortable, or potentially avoid getting it altogether! Listen by clicking here for iTunes or play the episode in the player below. The Secret Recipe to Reduce Hand Foot & Mouth Disease Pain The worst part of Hand Foot & Mouth is usually the pain from sores in the mouth (scroll down to the pictures below & you can imagine why!). If your child is having a hard time eating or drinking because his or her mouth hurts, then you can make what pediatricians call "Magic Mouthwash." You can make this concoction at home and apply it before each meal (or before nursing or giving a bottle). Ingredients: - Children's Benadryl - Maalox (or "Equate") Directions: Mix equal parts of Children's Benadryl and Maalox. Dip a cotton swab, paper towel, or washcloth into the mixture, then dab any sores that you see in your child's mouth or on the gums or tongue. If your child knows how to swish and spit, then you can have them do that instead. Try not to let your child swallow much of the mixture. Assuming that your child does not swallow much, if any, of the Magic Mouthwash, it can be applied prior to each time your child eats. In This Episode, You Will Learn: What causes Hand Foot & Mouth Disease The symptoms of Hand Foot & Mouth Disease, and how your child may or may not get them all What you can do to help your child feel more comfortable What signs should trigger you to call your pediatrician How long your child is contagious if he gets Hand Foot & Mouth Disease How you might prevent you or your children from getting sick with Hand Foot & Mouth Disease And much more! Remember, you can share this episode and the Secret Recipe to Reduce Hand Foot & Mouth Disease Pain with your friends, your preschool or daycare, and anyone else who cares for your child or would benefit from learning more about HFM. And as always, if you find this information useful, please let me know by tweeting me @ZenDocSteve or writing me a post on my Facebook page! And be sure to sign up for my free kids' health newsletter either below or on the sidebar so that you never miss out on more tips to keep your kids happy, healthy, and confident! Music Akashic Records – Motivation Gigatop -- Way Is Up This post first appeared on The Child Repair Guide at
30/05/1619m 43s

How to Talk to Kids about Death, Grief, and Loss

This isn't the part of parenting that you imagined. When you decided to get pregnant or adopt, I'm sure you imagined holding an adorable little baby in your arms. Playing hide-and-seek with a toddler. The first day of kindergarten. Laughing, dancing, going to soccer games. Sure, you knew that it wouldn't all be easy. There would be parenting involved, after all. Teaching right from wrong. Guiding through troubles with friends. But helping your child grieve the loss of a family member, beloved pet, or other loved one? That's not something we usually imagine--and so we're often left totally unprepared. This might be the hardest conversation you'll have as a parent. Sure, there are excellent books on the subject. Help Me Say Goodbye and I Miss You: A First Look at Death are standouts. But perhaps your best guide would be someone who helps kids and families deal with loss every day. That person is Dr. Amanda Thompson. Dr. Thompson is a pediatric psychologist and Medical Director of Patient Support Services in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, completed her clinical internship in pediatric psychology at the DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, and finished a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psycho-oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. Dr. Thompson works with children who are battling cancer, guiding them and their families through all of the struggles and challenges that having cancer as a child can present. Unfortunately, this means that she has become an expert at helping kids and families deal with loss and grief. This is an episode that you simply must hear--your kids will be glad that you did. After all, they are bound to experience loss in their lives, whether it is a family member or a beloved pet. And Episode 14 with Dr. Amanda Thompson will prepare you to help comfort and guide your child through that trying time whenever it might arise. Listen by clicking here for iTunes or play it below. Some Questions That I Ask: How does a child's age change how we should talk about death? What kind of behaviors and responses can we expect to see in a child who is grieving?  How can you know when your child’s response isn’t normal and might require professional help? How can we best prepare a child for a funeral or a wake? In This Episode, You Will Learn: Why it's important to give a child a chance to grieve Rules for talking to kids about death and loss What NOT to say when talking to your child about death How to find moments in day-to-day life to comfortably talk about life and death so that your child isn't unprepared when a loss does come up How to create a healthy environment for your grieving child to heal And much more RECOMMENDED BOOKS Help Me Say Goodbye (Ages 4 & up) I Miss You: A First Look at Death (Ages 6 & up) The Invisible String (Ages 3 & up) When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Ages 4-8) Ben's Flying Flowers (For children who have lost a sibling, Ages 4 & up) Gentle Willow: A Story for Children about Dying (Ages 4-8) Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens (Ages 12 & up) Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teens Experiencing a Loss (Ages 12 & up) Important Resources The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families - The National Alliance for Grieving Children - Dr. Amanda Thompson's email: Music Akashic Records – Motivation Axel Wernberg - Changes (Original Mix) This post first appeared on The Child Repair Guide at
17/05/1647m 0s

Seasonal Allergies in Kids: How To Get Relief for Your Child

I'm just going to come right out and say it: Seasonal allergies suck. If you have allergies yourself, you know exactly what I mean. The puffy eyes, the constant stuffy nose, the irritating drip and sore throat. Seasonal allergies sap the fun right out of the spring and fall. And I know that if you're a parent with seasonal allergies, you've hoped and prayed that you haven't passed it on to your kids. But unfortunately, if you have more than one child, having one of them end up with itchy eyes in the grass or a bit of a wheeze in the leaves is pretty much inevitable. I also know that as a parent, you want to do everything you can to help your child feel more comfortable. But with so many allergy medications to choose from, and with dozens of commercials filled with bees and stuffy sneezers selling you the latest pill or spray, how can you make the right choice for your child? That's why I recorded Episode 13 on Seasonal Allergies in Kids. I break down the pediatrician's approach to treating allergies in kids so that you can learn how to help your child get relief. Listen by clicking here for iTunes or play it below. In This Episode, You Will Learn: What symptoms children with seasonal allergies will commonly experience The age at which you can start thinking of allergies as the cause of your child's symptoms Home remedies to use to get your child feeling better without medication What over-the-counter and prescription medications you can try for your allergic child & when How to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms from causing trouble in the first place Whether allergy tests for seasonal allergies are worth it And much, much more! Music Akashic Records – Motivation The Passion HiFi – Gods In Other People
10/05/1624m 41s

Patch Adams on the Power of Play and Living a Life of Joy

Back when I was in college and trying to figure out whattodowith my life, it wasn't until I learned about Patch Adams thatpracticing medicine went from one of the many ideas swirling aroundinside my head to the passion that I would pursue for the nextseveral years of my life.I was taken by the idea that human connection could be sovital to healing. That play and creativity could have a role inhelping to ease the mental and even physical burdens ofillness.That "health" and "care" weren't always realized inhealthcare, but that they could be with just a little compassionand ingenuity.To say that Patch was an inspiration on my journey to medicinewould be an understatement.That's why I was thrilled that Patch was able to sit down andtalk with me. During Patch's medical training, he was disheartenedby the cold, impersonal, and often arrogant manner in which he sawmany doctors treating their patients. So after graduating medicalschool in 1971, Patch and some of his closest friends set outtochange medical culture by starting the GesundheitInstitute--asmall, but very busy and passionate medical clinic andhome. Intime, as he moved on to planning a hospital and amovement,he wrote a book entitled Gesundheit: Bringing Good Health to You, theMedical System, and Society through Physician Service,Complementary Therapies, Humor, and Joy. Patch's story wasfamously translated into a movie in 1998 starring the lateRobin Williams. It had been a few years since Patch and I had had a chance toconnect, so we talked for some time about quite a few topics.Featured in this episode are some excerpts from ourconversation,especially those covering his thoughts on the power ofplay and living a life of joy.Around halfway through, Patch tells a compelling andemotional story about the magic of human connection that you won'twant to miss."Even in the worst of horror like a war, children in amoment can enjoy play." - Patch AdamsListen by clicking here for iTunes or play itbelow.In This Episode, You Will Learn:Patch's thoughts on how "health" can be brought back tohealthcareWhat kids around the world are looking for from us adultsHow as an adult you can get ourself to a place where play withyour own kids and children around you is easy and naturalHow to model of "life of joy" so that you children can livejoyfully, as wellHow Patch uses gratitude and living with intention to neverhave a bad dayWhy it might be challenging for men in particular to get downand play with kids, and what to do to remedy thatPatch's recommendations to his own son regarding fatherhood,now that Patch is a grandfatherAnd much, much more!Important ResourcesPatch's booksGesundheit: Bringing Good Health to You, theMedical System, and Society through Physician Service,Complementary Therapies, Humor, and JoyHouse Calls: How We Can All Heal the World OneVisit at a TimeThe Movie: Patch Adams (1998)Patch's Website: www.patchadams.orgPatch's Contact Information:Patch Adams&GesundheitInstituteP.O. Box 307Urbana, IL 61803MusicAkashic Records – MotivationCanvai - Kites Ampyx & SANDR - New Colors
03/05/1640m 46s

Potty Training - Secrets for Success & Overcoming Obstacles

Naked Dance Party. In college, it might have meant one thing, but in parenthood it means that you are in the midst of potty training. Oh, how times have changed! Potty training can throw everyone for a loop--both kids and parents. All of a sudden, you're making the transition from having a baby to having a kid. While you're excited to stop changing diapers, you might also be a little nervous about having to know the location of the bathroom in every Target and subway stop. For kids, something they have taken for granted their whole lives is suddenly a big deal and different. A process that they may have thought very little of is now a focal point in their day and being dictated in a sense by grownups. Moving forward can be a time of both excitement and anxiety for everyone involved. That's why I recorded this episode--to give you the tips and tricks to make potty training go as smoothly as possible for both you and your little one. Between seeing hundreds of families go through this, and the experience of raising my own two kids, I've come to recognize patterns and tools that help the majority of children and parents find success in potty training. Listen by clicking here for iTunes or play it below. In This Episode, You Will Learn: Why the time you think your child is ready for potty training might not actually be the right time to start The 2 Key Requirements for Successful Potty Training How Naked Dance Party helps you discover whether your child has met those requirements How to create an environment that encourages your child to successfully use the potty Tips to overcome the obstacles of resistance, constipation, and accidents And much, much more! If you have friends who could use a little help potty training their little ones, SHARE this episode by using the share links on this page. And if you find this information useful yourself, please leave a REVIEW on iTunes and tweet me @ZenDocSteve to let me know what you think! Important Resources Books Princess Potty book -- comes with paper tiara to wear on the potty & jewel stickers for prizes Pirate Potty book -- comes with paper pirate hat & stickers for prizes Potties & seats BABYBJORN Potty Chair -- with 1,700 reviews, it's one of the best-reviewed potty chairs out there & is what I used with my own kids -- PERFECT for Naked Dance Party! BABYBJORN Toilet Seat -- sits right on top of a regular toilet seat to let your little one comfortably fit without falling in BABYBJORN Step Stool -- having a step stool is important when using a regular potty in order to prevent your child's legs from falling asleep, as well as to create the right angle to make having a bowel movement more comfortable (have you ever seen the hilarious Squatty Potty commercial?) Bedwetting Alarms (For kids 8 & up--NOTE that there tends to be mixed success with alarms) Malem Ultimate Bedwetting Alarm Wet-Stop3 Bedwetting Alarm Music Akashic Records – Motivation Ampyx & Ron Curtis - Shoot for the Stars
26/04/1623m 2s

Concussions in Kids: How to Recognize & Treat Them - with Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Luigi Bassani

It’s one of the scariest moments in all of parenting: your child hits their head. It could be that your baby rolled off the bed and onto the floor. Or maybe your young athlete collided with another player on the sports field. Or perhaps it’s something as scary as a car accident or a fall from a significant height. Kids are bound to bump, bonk, slam, and hit their heads. In fact, probably 20% of the phonecalls I get when I’m on call are from a parent worried about a head injury. And this isn’t without reason—whether it’s news about NFL players or studies about high school soccer players and headballs, concussions and their potentially serious consequences are grabbing our attention more and more. That’s why I reached out to pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Luigi Bassani to give us the low-down on concussions in kids. Dr. Bassani trained at Georgetown University School of Medicine, then completed his neurosurgery residency at NYU Medical Center and his fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the University of Utah Primary Children’s Hospital. He was director of pediatric neurosurgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and has recently joined the Neurosurgeons of New Jersey. In short, he’s an expert on kids’ brains and nervous systems. This is a topic that every parent should know about, especially those with young athletes. So be sure to share this with your friends and parent groups, and especially with your kids’ sports teams. Share the link to this page, use the share tabs on the side, or direct them to The Child Repair Guide on iTunes. Some Questions That I Ask: What is a concussion? What signs and symptoms should parents look out for that should trigger a visit to the doctor? When can a child go back to playing sports after a concussion? What is post-concussion syndrome? Who should get IMPACT baseline testing? In This Episode, You Will Learn: What types of head injuries are more likely to result in a concussion Emotional signs of a concussion Long-term consequences of frequent concussions What “brain rest” is when it comes to recovering from a concussion The downsides of going back to sports or school too soon And much, much more! If you find this information as valuable as I hope you do, please head over to iTunes and leave a REVIEW! Important Resources Dr. Bassani's Facebook Dr. Bassani's practice & contact info: Neurosurgeons of New Jersey Music Akashic Records – Motivation Alan Walker - Force
17/04/1642m 41s

Pinkeye - When to Treat, What to Watch Out For, and More

If any childhood infection could be described as "annoying," pinkeye would be it. Super contagious and pretty uncomfortable--and to be honest, pretty gross--it's guaranteed to keep you and your child home from school or daycare. There are a few different types of pinkeye that kids get, and each one is treated differently. Knowing how to tell which type of pinkeye your child has can clue you in on when to head to your pediatrician and seek treatment. But sometimes, a bit of gooey stuff from the eye doesn't necessarily mean that your child has pinkeye. Or your child's eye might be pink but have no drainage at all. And for babies, there's a whole different scenario that older kids and adults don't experience. All told, the simple topic of pinkeye can actually be quite complicated! That's why I've recorded Episode 09 to help give you the tools to figure out whether your child has pinkeye, which type it is and how to treat it--as well as when your child needs to be evaluated more urgently--so that you can get your child feeling comfortable and healthy as quickly as possible. In This Episode, You Will Learn: Simple ways to tell the difference between the three most common types of pinkeye that kids get How to treat these three types, including some remedies that you can use at home How long each type is contagious Signs to watch out for that might indicate that a more serious problem is going on The process I call “a bit of eye goop with a cold” Why we get some crust and drainage in the eyes when we wake up The special situation of a baby with goopy eyes Important Resources Children's Medication Dosing Guide (see Music Akashic Records – Motivation Gigatop – Way Is Up The information in this episode is not meant to replace a conversation with your doctor. This post first appeared on The Child Repair Guide at
10/04/1621m 6s

How to Survive Traveling with Kids - with Marianne Perez de Fransius

I don't know about you, but before we had kids my wife and I imagined traveling the world with our baby on our backs. We'd be rustic, adventurous--maybe even hike mountains and go camping with an adorable toddler in tow. And then the babies came...and in the whirlwind of being new parents, those visions of trailblazing travels seemed too intimidating when faced with the "reality" of having kids. But now, if you are a parent who has aspirations to see the world (or even just fly home for the holidays), there is hope! Marianne Perez de Fransius and Bébé Voyage have the secrets to make traveling with young children smooth and enjoyable. Marianne is an entrepreneur, trainer, and peacebuilder, and has traveled the world with projects that help people see the value of peace in their daily lives so that we can all live in a better world. And together with her longtime friend and fellow jet-setting mom Juliet Perrachon, Marianne cofounded Bébé Voyage, an online resource and community designed to help parents who travel with babies connect with each other so that they can trade resources, tips, and experiences to ease their travel experience. I can tell you that after interviewing Marianne, I felt that if I'd had the insights she shares back when my kids were babies, worry-free traveling wouldn't have seemed so out of reach. So get ready to be inspired to pack your bags and visit family or see the world after you listen to Episode 8 with Marianne Perez de Fransius! Listen by clicking here for iTunes or play it below. In This Episode, You Will Learn: 5 Golden Rules for Handling Baby Jet Lag Trusted secrets for packing a carry-on bag for you and your kids How to keep a child happy on a long flight Tips for staying healthy while traveling How to score an extra seat for your "lap infant" on a plane Thoughts on the question of using Benadryl to make your child drowsy What secret accommodations from airlines you can ask for to help make a flight go more smoothly And much, much more! At one point in our conversation, Marianne turned the tables and asked me some of the questions that parents commonly ask about healthy traveling with kids, which was a lot of fun! Important Resources Bébé Voyage website: , Facebook group, Twitter: @BebeVoyage , Instagram: Strollers that fit in overhead bin: Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller, Babyzen YOYO Stroller Inflatable baby bathtub: Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub Music Akashic Records – Motivation Thomas VX - Daze This post first appeared on
27/03/161h 1m

This Tool Can Help Your Child Sleep

Walk into the parenting section of a bookstore and one thing will jump out at you: there are hundreds of books about getting kids to sleep. And yet, parents are still frustrated by restless kids who can't seem to settle down to rest. In this episode, I am going to teach you a technique that you can use to help your children relax and fall asleep. Better still, with practice they'll be able to use it for themselves. This tool is called "The Cloud Story," and I have used it with my own kids, my patients, and myself. Listen by clicking here for iTunes or play it below. Take a listen and try it for yourself, and play this episode for your children to try it with them! Put simply, The Cloud Story is an easy, calming practice that encourages your child to learn how to relax each part of his body--all through an enjoyable story that uses his imagination and is easy for you to remember and retell each night. Officially, The Cloud Story is a guided imagery that uses autogenic training to achieve its benefits. What does that mean? A guided imagery is essentially a story through which you paint a picture in the listener's mind, and encourage them to add to the picture using their imagination. Autogenic training is a process using vocal commands to create sensations in the body. Studies have shown that with practice, you can learn to control everything from heart rate and breathing, to blood pressure and even body temperature. In The Cloud Story, kids are encouraged to imagine floating on a cloud and are then led through a series of images that help them feel calm, relaxed, and ready for sleep. The story works best in children over 2years old, as imagination starts to show itself after age 15 to 18 months, but then really skyrockets after age 2. You can adapt the story to make it longer by including more body parts to relax, or you can shorten it by grouping multiple body parts together (i.e., legs and feet). Take a listen and try it out yourself! I've shortened the intro on this episode so that you can play it for your children each night without having to fast forward too much (the exercise begins at 02:12). In This Episode, You Will Learn: A useful tool that you can use to help your children relax and fall asleep. Over time, your children may learn to use this exercise themselves. Please take a moment and leave a review on iTunes if you find this podcast helpful! Share this episode with your friends, comment below or tweet me @ZenDocSteve. And if your child does find The Cloud Story relaxing and calming, take a picture and tag me on Instagram at zendocsteve! Until next time, Be Well & Have Fun! This post first appeared on The Child Repair Guide on Music Akashic Records – Motivation Ampyx & Ron Curits - Shoot for the Stars
20/03/1611m 14s

Mindfulness for Children - with Susan Kaiser Greenland

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to teach your kids how to hone their focus? To pay better attention? Or how about to be aware of their own feelings and to calm themselves down? Wouldn't it be great to teach them to find the balance in their lives that so many of us wish we had figured out at an early age? This is all possible--and it's through practices that have become ever more popular in recent years, yet have been around for millennia: meditation and mindfulness. Science is increasingly showing us that meditation and mindfulness practices can help kids--and adults--develop these skills. We've known for years that meditation can lower cortisol levels in the body, thereby reducing feelings of stress, improving immune function, combating anxiety and depression, enhancing memory recall...the list goes on. But there are now even studies that show that those who practice meditation and mindfulness exercises can create permanent changes in the parts of the brain that are in charge of attention, focus, self-regulation, and compassion. Imagine your child growing up knowing how to tap into these benefits whenever life gets stressful or difficult. And imagine that you can give your child these benefits through games and activities as simple as breathing. Susan Kaiser Greenland is one of the pioneers who has paved the way for kids to learn mindfulness. She is the founder of the InnerKids Program in Los Angeles, and author of The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate. She has also collaborated on some of the research on the benefits of mindfulness education in schools, and she is one of the leading figures in teaching mindfulness to children, parents, and professionals. I truly enjoyed sitting down and talking with Susan because, as you'll see, she is incredibly wise and insightful. Not only does she explain the nuances of how mindfulness benefits children, she also gives some concrete tips and exercises that you can use with your kids today. So prepare yourself for some amazing tools and the compassionate wisdom of Susan Kaiser Greenland here in Episode 06! Some Questions That I Ask: Why is it important to teach mindfulness to children? How do you go about doing so? How does the approach change for children of different ages? How do you get a child with poor focus to actually sit down and do any of these exercises? What sort of results have schools seen when mindfulness education is taught to students? In This Episode, You Will Learn: What the difference is between meditation, mindfulness, and the popularized version of "mindfulness" How something as simple as a snowglobe can teach kids (and adults!) about managing thoughts, feelings, and stress Games and activities to use with children as young as 4 to improve focus and attention Activities to develop gratitude and a connected worldview Exercises to help kids see that there can be good even at times that things seem bad To speak and act by first thinking: "Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?" And much, much more! Important Resources Susan Kaiser Greenland's book: The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate Susan's website: Susan's Twitter: @sKAISERg Music Akashic Records – Motivation SANDR – Retrofunkfish This post first appeared on The Child Repair Guide at
15/03/161h 10m

Know The Secret Symptoms of Strep Throat

Every adult knows that a sore throat can feel just plain awful. To kids—little people who spend all day talking, shouting, and singing with their friends, teachers, and parents—a sore throat feels twice as bad. And if it’s strep throat, then it’s going to feel even worse. Recognizing what might be going on and learning how to treat it can help you get your little one back on track to comfort and happiness. The trouble is, a sore throat isn’t the only thing that could be a sign of strep. Besides sore throat and possibly fever, your child might experience other symptoms that may not seem like they would be signs of strep throat, but actually are. In fact, some children will only have these “secret symptoms” when they get strep and won’t experience fever or sore throat at all. Because missing a case of strep throat can have long-lasting consequences, it’s important that you know what to look out for as a sign to take your child to the doctor. That’s why this episode is dedicated to strep throat—both the signs you know, and the “secret symptoms” of strep. In This Episode, You Will Learn: What strep throat is and who gets it What could happen if strep throat doesn’t get treated The common signs and symptoms of strep The “secret symptoms” of strep throat that might be missed How strep is tested for and treated How to reduce the chances of you or your child getting strep throat How long your child is still contagious and when you should see signs after exposure to someone with strep And more If you find this information useful, please share the link out to your friends, family, parent groups, and anyone else whom you think would benefit from knowing more about strep throat, including its “secret symptoms.” And if you like what you hear, please leave a 5-STAR review on iTunes and help spread the word about The Child Repair Guide! Music Akashic Records – Motivation The Passion HiFi – I Close My Eyes
06/03/1625m 20s

Teaching Your Kids To Solve Their Own Problems - with Dr. Dan Shapiro

Kids face challenges several times a day, every single day. Some of these might be big challenges—like how to deal with a fight between friends, or how to handle peer pressure. And some might be small—like a 5-year-old not wanting to clean his room. As parents, we’re faced with a challenge of our own when our kids encounter problems: How do we help, and how much? We might sometimes want to jump in and solve the problem for our kids—maybe it’s hard for us to see our kids struggling, or maybe we just want to nip it in the bud and make things easier for us—but then our kids don’t get the chance to learn how to deal with the problem if it comes up again in the future. Or, perhaps we might think it best for our kids to tackle the challenge entirely on their own. But how can they know how to do that best if they’ve never been shown or taught? Very few people can do long division for the first time without being shown how. Why should we think that our kids should be able to balance emotions, logic, and desires to solve challenges if they’ve never been taught how? The key is to find that balance, to figure out the best approach to guide our kids to positive problem solving so that they can confidently take on any challenge they encounter in their lives. Thankfully, developmental and behavioral pediatrician Dr. Dan Shapiro is here to coach us so that we can better coach our children. Dr. Shapiro is an expert at helping both kids and parents find the best ways to navigate everything from autism and ADHD to common, everyday behavioral problems. Washingtonian Magazine called him “The Child Whisperer” for his incredible ability to connect with hard-to-reach children, and his highly successful parenting courses have shown that he is a “parent whisperer,” as well. This is one of the most practical episodes so far, with specific steps that you can implement at home with your kids today. And if you do & you find success, please let me know by commenting below or on Twitter @zendocsteve. And please remember to SUBSCRIBE on iTunes and leave a 5-STAR REVIEW. Some Questions That I Ask: What is “collaborative problem solving?” How does your approach change as children age? When a child is feeling defeated, how do you know when to push a bit more and when to back off? In This Episode, You Will Learn: 5 STEPS to teach your kids to tackle challenges How to teach your kids to see problems as solvable & mistakes as opportunities How to address problems that come up between siblings so that you can keep peace in the house How to communicate with your kids to create the right environment for them to listen and learn And much, much more! So sit back and enjoy Episode 4, and be sure to let me know if you have incorporated these steps in teaching your kids to solve their own problems! Important Resources Dr. Shapiro's website, Learned Optimism: How To Change Your Mind And Your Life, by Martin Seligman Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, by William R. Miller Music Akashic Records – Motivation Ampyx & Ron Curtis - Shoot for the Stars
28/02/161h 3m

Fever in Children: How To Treat & When To Worry

If there’s one thing that every parent has worried about at one time or another, it’s fever. As long as a fever is around, there is so much left unknown. How high will it get? How long will it stay? How uncomfortable will my child get? Even the most experienced parents can have a tiny, nagging sensation of worry in the back of their minds when their kids have a fever. I’ve seen this firsthand–both as a doctor and as a dad. A fever is a natural response to something going on inside the body, usually an infection. But while it’s a normal occurrence and only a piece of what’s going on with a child, we as a culture have come to fear the fever itself. We obsess over the number and worry when we can’t bring it all the way down. But what if we’ve been looking at fever all wrong? In This Episode, You Will Learn: What a fever is and how to check for it What numbers matter and for whom How the exact number doesn’t actually matter for most people–and what does instead When to go to the ER When to call your doctor in the middle of the night versus the next morning How and when to treat a fever Important Resources My FREE Children’s Medication Dosing Guide – All too often, medication dosing charts give you one dose for a range of weights. This means that kids at the upper end of each weight range get underdosed, so their fevers aren’t treated as well as they could be. I’ve created a Children’s Medication Dosing Guide that gives you the exact dose for every weight right up to 100 pounds. You can print this guide out or keep it saved on your phone so that you can be assured that you’re giving the right dose for your child any time, anywhere. Access my dosing guide for FREE by visiting
20/02/1634m 14s

Building Strong, Loving Relationships With Our Kids - with Dr. Andrea Bonior

Many of the questions that I get asked as a pediatrician don’t necessarily have to do with coughs and colds and medicine. Most of the questions are actually about parenting. We all want to do the best by our kids, and we all set out to build a fun, trusting, loving relationship with them that will last a lifetime. And there is no one better to talk about relationships than Dr. Andrea Bonior. Dr. Bonior is a clinical psychologist, professor, and author. She regularly appears on radio and television and writes a column for the Washington Post Express. She even wrote The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up with Your Friends, a book on how to best care for your friendships. Dr. Bonior is an expert at what makes good relationships tick. And as a parent of 3 kids herself, she has a wealth of great insights that can help you build a strong, loving relationship with your kids. Get ready for some useful tools and perspectives in Episode 02 with Dr. Andrea Bonior. Some Questions That I Ask: Does how we talk to our kids impact their beliefs about themselves? Is parenting today different from how it used to be, and does that make it easier or harder for us? How does our own emotional baggage impact our relationship with our kids, and how can we change that? What if you think you’re heading down the wrong path with your child—how do you start afresh? How do our own social media habits have an impact on our relationship with our kids? In This Episode, You Will Learn: How to more effectively talk to your kids and open up the channels for them to talk back meaningfully How to deal with lying How to handle different kids differently, while still maintaining a cohesive parenting style The benefits of setting parameters How your role as a parent changes as your children age The importance of including your kids in the process of strengthening your relationship with them And much, much more! Andrea was a wonderful guest and, as you’ll see, could talk about a number of topics. What would you like to hear her talk about next time? Write in the comments below or tweet me @ZenDocSteve and let me know! Important Resources Dr. Bonior’s book, The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up with Your Friends Dr. Bonior’s website: Dr. Bonior can be found on Twitter @drandreabonior and Facebook Dr. Bonior’s column for the Washington Post Express, “Baggage Check“, and her column for Psychology Today, “Friendship 2.0“ Music Akashic Records – Motivation The Passion HiFi – Gods In Other People
20/02/161h 7m

Understanding Pain in Children - with Dr. Scott Pritzlaff

As a parent, I know that it can break your heart to see your child in pain. And while you can manage it more often than not, I bet there are times that you wish you could do more. Then there are times when it’s hard to tell if your child is actually hurting. Does her tummy really hurt every night before bed, or is she trying to get you to stay longer? Did that little bump really cause that much pain? I was always taught to never underestimate how much pain another person might be feeling. After all, how can you really know what someone else is experiencing? And with kids, figuring out how to best help them feel better can be complicated by how well they can communicate what they’re feeling, how we respond to them, and whatever else might be going on around the pain. That’s why I enjoyed talking with Dr. Scott Pritzlaff in this episode. Dr. Pritzlaff is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist at Stanford University Hospital. His story is compelling in its own right—after graduating from medical school at Georgetown, he spent 5 years as an active duty Navy physician, including 3 years as a Marine flight surgeon, where caring for wounded soldiers inspired him to work in pain medicine. This episode is a must for everyone who cares for children, as we could all learn how to better help our kids when they are hurting. So dig in for some wise insights and tips in Episode 01 with Dr. Scott Pritzlaff. Some Questions That I Ask: How is pain different for kids compared to adults? Does the way that respond to our children’s pain affect how they understand pain and how they might interpret it in the future? Why do some kids fuss for the tiniest bump or bruise, while others don’t bat an eye at a raging ear infection or even a broken bone? What things can we do to help kids in pain besides medication alone? In This Episode You Will Learn: How to care for some of the common causes of pain in kids Signs that you might need to go the ER when your child is in pain How you can determine how much pain your child might be in Signs that pain might be an indication of something more serious And much more! Important Resources: Dr. Pritzlaff’s contact information – Wong-Baker Faces Pain Scale Neonatal Infant Pain Scale (courtesy of University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics Authority) Music Akashic Records – Motivation SANDR – Retrofunkfish
20/02/1649m 42s

Episode 0: About Dr. Steve & About The Child Repair Guide

Welcome to The Child Repair Guide! I’m Dr. Steve Silvestro and I am so excited to have you here! Now before we start this journey together, I thought that you might want to know a bit more about me and about what we’re going to do together with this podcast. I am a board-certified pediatrician and I practice in the Washington, DC area. I grew up in New Jersey and came to DC to attend Georgetown University, having studied there for undergrad, medical school, and my pediatric residency. I practice general pediatrics, taking care of kids from birth all the way up to age 25. I’m also what’s called a “physician harvester” in Georgetown University Hospital’s Blood & Marrow Collection Program—meaning that when people donate their bone marrow, I perform the procedure to collect it. That bone marrow is then used for transplant in both adults and children around the globe. But my most important job is being a dad. So, I know the day-to-day challenges of being a parent. When I was a young kid, I was a challenge to my own parents because I was sick all the time. I had so many ear infections that I needed surgery to put tubes in my eardrums to prevent me from having more. I also had pretty severe asthma and was often either in a doctor’s office or at home getting breathing treatments. The asthma was so bad, that when I first started playing sports, I had to be the goalie in soccer or the catcher in baseball because running around in any other positions made it hard for me to breathe. But luckily, with the care of my pediatrician, the love and inspiration of my parents, and to be honest, time, I grew to be healthy enough by middle school and high school to play multiple sports, and I even took some pride in often being the fastest player on the team. J But even though things turned out well, those early years were important in that I can look back now and totally understand how hard it is to be sick as a kid. I can completely recognize how difficult it is when an illness or a condition keeps you from doing what you love. In that time, I also developed a great respect for my pediatrician and I knew that I wanted to do something with my life that would help other people. Now of course, when I went to college, like most 18-year-olds, I didn’t know what exactly that “something” would be. But unlike many, it wasn’t because I had no idea—it was because I had too many ideas. Medicine was one thought, but so was education and law and writing. I even filled out an application to be astronaut. I kind of still want to be an astronaut! But I was lucky enough to have a few really great professors who turned me on to the science of medicine—they made it engaging and made it sing.(or: —they spoke to the nerd inside of me and made the choice of medicine more of a real possibility.) But it was what happened in my freshman year of college that would change the course of the next several years of my life. One weekend on campus, I saw the movie “Patch Adams.” And as sappy as some parts of it may have been, I was really touched and inspired by the idea that as a doctor I could be creative and could do more than just fix a disease, that I could also help a person feel joy. When I found out that Patch was a real person and was trying to build a free hospital, I decided to do some fundraising for it in some pretty nontraditional ways. Eventually, Patch himself got in touch with me and suggested that we meet in person. And together with some friends, we created a clown troupe of enthusiastic college students, and we’d go to hospitals, nursing homes, even just ride a loop on the metro, and we would try to bring laughter and fun to the people we met. I tell you this story not so that you know that I’ve worn a red nose before or that I can work magic tricks into my checkups with kids. I also know that some people are deathly afraid of clowns—and I hope that you’re still here with me anyway! No, I’m telling you this because this experience showed me how important it is to connect with other people. To be wholly present with someone, to find out what that person needs in that moment, and how to give it to them. That is such an important lesson, not just for me as a doctor, but also for me as a parent. I have two kids and they are my everything. I spend so much time every day thinking about how I can care for them in the best way that I can, and a lot of times also wondering whether I’m doing the right thing. In fact, I don’t think I ever doubted myself so much until I had kids. Modern parenting can have so much fear, so much worry. You can’t scroll through your Facebook feed without seeing a half dozen parenting articles saying that you’re doing it wrong. And if your child is sick, well a Google search is always going to give you the scariest answer. In my work as a pediatrician and in the bone marrow program, I’ve seen a lot of fear and worry. And I’ve seen some families go through more sadness than I would wish on anyone. But I’ve also seen so much joy and happiness and wonder. And along the way, I’ve been lucky enough to have incredible mentors and colleagues who’ve trained me in how to help kids get and stay healthy so that they can experience that joy and wonder. And my goal with this podcast is to bring them and people like them, and most importantly, their wisdom, to you. With The Child Repair Guide, I’ll interview the experts in child health, behavior, and wellness and cover the topics that matter to parents most—from how to keep your family healthy, to getting your kids to eat and sleep, to dealing with common illnesses and behavior problems . My goal is to bring these experts’ knowledge and insight to you in the most honest and engaging way that I can to give you the tools to better navigate the day-to-day challenges of what we all want to do as parents—raising happy, healthy kids. And if you like what you hear—and I hope that you do!—then subscribe and leave a 5-star review on iTunes. Share these episodes with your friends and your family, especially if you know someone who might benefit from the topics we cover. To share any episode, go to episode number). For example, to share this episode, which is Episode 0, you can go to You can also check out for all of the shownotes for each episode, with links and information about my guests and any resources they recommend. You can also follow me on Facebook at Dr. Steve Silvestro, or follow me on Twitter and Instagram @zendocsteve. So that’s it! I’ve got three amazing episodes already up for you to enjoy, and the plan is to have a new episode every week—featuring a new interview every other week, and solo episodes with me on the weeks in between. There are already some great guests and topics lined up…but this is your podcast—so if there are topics that you want to see covered, or if you know an amazing specialist, author, or leader in child health who you think should be on the show, then send me a tweet or email me at steve @ In the meantime, “Be well, and have fun!”
20/02/168m 57s
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